This time of the year is special in so many ways. Just over two years ago at this point-in-time, we published and began distributing our first edition of Natural Awakenings North Texas. As exciting as it was, it was more frightful than any presentation I have ever made to any group of executives
in my corporate career. And yet, it felt right; not because we had convinced ourselves that publishing a free educational based community magazine was a stroke of genius, or that it would be easy, but more because of the people we met along the way in getting to the point of launching the magazine.
The power and creativity that flowed from the participation of individuals that provided us with support and encouragement, pushed us pass the negative thoughts and fear, to a more positive position of confidence, allowing us to make constructive changes based on input from readers and community collaboration. Your enthusiasm and positive feedback allowed us to “dare to believe”.
While we might have initially set the course of direction in what the magazine would represent or focus on, many months ago the magazine began its own journey based on community input, shared perspectives and a deep spirit of providing educational content for awareness of options and knowledge; not merely for selling a product or service.
As much as we would like to take credit for the magazine’s success to-date, the credit belongs to each one of you reading this. Each email and phone call has helped build the foundation to what this magazine represents and strives to accomplish. Your thoughtful input and sincere willingness to share has allowed us to accomplish more together, than we could have accomplished on our own.
Opening minds to new approaches; whether dealing with health, personal growth, nutrition, new modalities, sustainable solutions or a more balanced lifestyle; has produced positive change that we have been fortunate to witness and be a part of. A quotation from writer and educator, Frederick Buechner (born 1926), puts it into perspective; “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”
While we acknowledge and are thankful year-round for each of you, we especially want to take time during this holiday season to voice our deep appreciation, admiration and best wishes for you and your loved ones. We hope your holiday season is filled with true meaning, memorable moments, lots of good friends and sincere smiles and laughter. Thank you for being a part of the Natural Awakenings North Texas community and helping us inform and inspire our world to feel good, live simply and laugh more!
Wishing you a healthy and balanced New Year. Stay happy, healthy and young at heart. It’s way more fun that way!
Jim Davis, Publisher