Editor's Desk - January 2010
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Time Flies…

"Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year—and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!"

—Anthony Robbins    

This seems to happen every year. You get past the rush of the holidays (as I sit writing this, it is Monday, Dec. 28), and you find yourself scratching your head, wondering, "Where did 2009 go?"

And as if it weren't hard enough to believe that all of 2009 is already behind us, as I was reading the other day, it suddenly dawned on me that a decade is also about to pass.

That's right. We are now a full 10 years into the 2000s.

I guess time flies when you're having fun, right?

At this time of year, our typical modus operandi is to form resolutions, saying to ourselves, "This year, I'm really going to …" (Fill in the blank here with your own resolution-of-choice: lose weight, get fit, figure out the budget, rehab the bathroom, take a vacation, etc.) And in a month—two, if we're lucky—most of us are scratching our heads, wondering "What happened to my commitment to do x, y or z?"

A new year creates a lot of pressure, doesn't it? We seem to feel obligated to fix everything on January 1.

But here's the fun thing about a changing decade. Let's throw out the forgotten resolutions of the past 10 years. Let's forget about the way we always seem to forget and vow again to "get it right next time."

Let's take a moment to look back before we look forward. How did the first decade of the 2000s treat you? What have you learned in the past 10 years? Who have you met? Where have you gone? Can you think of some occasions or events that were particularly outstanding? What about your job has changed? Your career? How has your facility or organization grown and adapted? What are you doing differently now?

We forget sometimes in the midst of this season of looking forward to appreciate how far we've come.

And even when we're not trying, we are always learning something.

Now that you've got the past decade summarized, take a look ahead. To 2020. Kind of makes you pause for a second, doesn't it?

Here's the thing. It's easy to look at the coming year and think of great resolutions. And—who knows?—maybe this will be the year I finally get my garden under control before the weeds grow taller than me. Maybe this will be the year we all finally lose those last (or first) 5 pounds. Or drink those eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Maybe this will be the year we all manage to tackle everything on the to-do list before it's a week overdue. Or maybe not.

But when you think in terms of a decade of days—3,650 days plus a couple of leap year days—those plans and resolutions take on a different meaning. We can plan and plan and plan, but the unexpected will always arise. Some resolutions will be kept. Others will be forgotten. But no matter what, we'll be learning. And growing. And hopefully getting better at what we do.

But getting back to 2010, and back to the issues that we cover in these pages, what are your thoughts?

While signs of economic recovery are taking hold, there are still a lot of people out of a job, and many expect 2010 to be a tough year, especially for cash-strapped governments. Parks, recreation, sports and fitness programs often have a hard time defending themselves against budget cuts. But at the same time, the public is clamoring for more to do near to home, and that means more attendance at those local baseball games, more kids playing in the local park, more families looking for low-cost fun.

How are you planning to cope with the increased demand? The decreased budget? Does 2010 look a little scary? Or are you feeling like the glass is half full? What resolutions and plans have you made for yourself and your facility?

If you're feeling anxious, take a breath and step back for a second. Remember the decade-long look? Well, maybe it works here, too. Don't let the lessons of the past year—and the past decade—pass by unnoticed. Learn from it. Grow. And here's to more ups than downs in the decade to come!

To help you keep learning, we'll keep doing what we've always done, but we also plan to learn and grow. We've added a department to these pages called "Before You Go." You can wait to read it if you're a reads-one-page-at-a-time kind of person. Or if you need a quick dose of positivity, go ahead and turn to the back page now. Also, be on the lookout in the coming weeks as we plan to provide more stories, news and information online!


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director


We were sad to hear that William H. Porter, CEO and founder of PorterCorp, passed away on Nov. 10 at the age of 82 in Holland, Mich. Bill founded W.H. Porter Inc. in Holland in 1963 to build balsa-wood cores for boats. That business evolved into PorterCorp and the manufacturing of structural insulated panel systems, hog confinement buildings, park shelters and gazebos. The PorterCorp line includes Poligon Park Architecture, Porter SIPS, Parasol Fabric Shade, Poligon Wood Shelters and Adapt Building Systems. Bill's Poligon structures are installed in parks and public spaces across the country. He continued designing until the day before he died.


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