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Some­times, even though the signs may be right in front of us, we fail to get the mes­sage. I re­cently took a photo of an is­lan­der―—maybe you have seen him. He is of­ten run­ning along­side the road on my way home from our of­fice, wav­ing a sign that sim­ply says “Love.” I found out he calls him­self the anony­mous run­ner, and ap­par­ently he has de­cided to take it upon him­self to help spread a lit­tle love.

If you’ve ever driven down McGre­gor Boule­vard in Fort My­ers, you’ve most likely seen the neon-let­tered sign in front of an older home that says “God is Love.” Orig­i­nally erected in 1943, the sign had de­te­ri­o­rated and was in need of re­pair. But in 2013, a lo­cal phil­an­thropic foun­da­tion and a gen­er­ous sign com­pany got to­gether to make sure the mes­sage of love was re­fur­bished, so it once again il­lu­mi­nates the way with its sim­ple but in­spir­ing mes­sage.

Although these two ex­am­ples seem small, imag­ine the power of the re­sults if we all at­tempted to pass around a lit­tle more love in our daily lives. Per­son­ally, I have some goals for the new year that I’d like to share with our read­ers:

Pos­i­tive thoughts lead to pos­i­tive ac­tions. Don’t let neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions or peo­ple bring you down.

Cher­ish—―and I mean re­ally take the time to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery minute—―that you are able to share with fam­ily and close friends.

Try the “8-8-8” method for man­ag­ing your day. Eight hours each of work, play and sleep. Be­lieve me, even though this does not al­ways seem prac­ti­cal, I’m go­ing to make ev­ery ef­fort to fol­low that rule.

If you run a busi­ness, treat your em­ploy­ees with the same re­spect and dig­nity with which you treat your own fam­ily. You’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised at the re­sults.

There’s no ques­tion that to­day’s world can be full of stress, fright­en­ing events and un­cer­tainty about the fu­ture. Yet when we each awaken ev­ery day, we have the abil­ity to choose how we see the day ahead. It is our choice and our choice alone, whether to em­brace an at­ti­tude of love and peace, or to al­low the dark drama we en­counter to dic­tate our de­meanor.

The year 2015 was fan­tas­tic for all of us here at TOTI Me­dia, and we feel ex­tremely grate­ful and blessed for all the good things we ex­pe­ri­enced. We are equally ex­cited about all of the prospects await­ing us this year, as we reach our 20th year in pub­lish­ing, and we hope you feel the same.

Per­haps if we, as in­di­vid­u­als, made it our mis­sion to face ev­ery day with a lit­tle more love in our hearts and a real de­sire to do some­thing pos­i­tive for some­one else, we will see our way to a more har­mo­nious and joy­ous 2016.

The signs are there—―all we need to do is see them.

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