First Word: The best of hands

With the holidays behind us – and perhaps the first of several resolutions already broken – we look forward to what 2007 will bring.

But first, it might be best to just stay still for a moment. The frantic pace of the Christmas season made me think about the lyrics of a song popular a few years ago: “I’m in hurry to get things done, I run and run until life’s no fun – all I really want to do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and I don’t know why …” Sometimes it seems like it all piles on: work, church functions, parties, shopping for that perfect gift and preparing for the onslaught of friends and family.

It can all make us a little crazy. We become sleep deprived, bloated from eating all the wrong things and stressed over how we’ll pay for everything. Unfortunately, if we really get caught up in this break-neck pace, we find ourselves with a to-do list that has a lot left to be done.

One of my resolutions for 2007 is to become more proactive and less reactive. I know strategic planning can make the difference between a good year and a great year.

All this is leading up to my telling you this will be my last First Word column for Equipment World. In this space instead you’ll see Gregg Terry, the new publisher of Equipment World. Gregg, who has labored behind the scenes for the past six years as our associate publisher, has done an outstanding job serving this magazine and the construction industry. It’s time for him to step forward, and for you, our readers, to become as familiar with his face as you were with mine.

While the changes won’t be drastic or immediate, you’ll definitely see Gregg’s management style reflected in the magazine as he takes the helm. I know for certain Gregg will be a faithful steward with a priority to publish the best construction equipment trade publication. This time it will be my turn to labor in the background, fully supporting Gregg in my current position as vice president of Randall-Reilly Publishing’s Construction Media Group.

So indulge me and let me take another opportunity to wish you an abundance of joy, fulfillment and happiness in the coming year. Believe me, I wouldn’t let this column go without knowing you’re in the best of hands.