A New Year, A New Page in History

Greetings, friends! Today marks the start of a new year and the start of, at the very least, a new me! Now, it's not that it's really going to be a "new" me, just a renewed focus to be a "better" me.

First things first.

Welcome to my blog, "A Lion in the Mirror."

This is my first undertaking at writing so please bear with me in this endeavor. This blog is dedicated to all the men out there who feel imprisoned inside themselves by how society expects them to act, think, or express themselves, for those that feel restricted to stay within the norm, or feel like a "caged lion." This new year brings with it a new slate, and I leave it up to you to decide what to etch upon that great stone of future history.

On commencing this "work," I asked myself, "What does a man long for? Power? Money? Fame? Love? All of the above?" Then it donned on me. Significance. Is what we do day in and day out worthy of the annuls of history? Will our great-great grandchildren know our names or will our names be forever lost in the abyss of time long forgotten? Something to chew on for a minute, at least.

Not to jump around, but I would like to extend a special thanks to my wife of five years, Danielle, my true love, without whom I would be but a mere shell of a man. She completes me and supports me in all I do, even though she might not like it. I am a better man because of her, and with her help, love, and support, I will continue to better myself as a man, a husband, a father, and as a citizen. To brag on her a bit, she is the one who made the banners and pictures you see here. She spent many hours getting it just so for a very picky husband. Thank you, Danielle, and know that I love you with all of my heart and all of my soul and that it is through your selflessness and devotion that I am and was able to overcome some of the most difficult obstacles in our lives. With your love and support, I know I can scale any mountain no matter how tough the climb, and weather any storm no matter how fierce. For all this and more, I love, adore, and cherish you.

Now, where were we? Ah, yes. The blog. It is my intent to share with you some insight I have received, learned, or am learning about key areas in the development of a well rounded man. Keep in mind, the information I share with you, I learned from somewhere or someone else; not much will actually be new information, as I do not fit the definition of creativity, nor do I profess to be by any means an expert in any subject discussed in this blog. I will do everything within my ability (however limited it may be) to cite references and authors of any material used herein. You have been duly warned. I will except any comments or criticism about anything I write, and am open to discussion on any subject I've written on, provided they are within the bounds of being open-minded, respectful, and wholesome to enable us to progress towards edification. No hate mail; we are all gentlemen here. With that in mind, I bid you farewell. Until I return, may God bless you and yours this new year, and I wish you health and happiness in your pursuit of a better man, you, and freeing the lion within.