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A new year’s wish for the Vail Valley

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

Have you noticed there are a lot of people in the Vail Valley with advice for you this time of year? There are people looking back, forward and sideways with observations about the change of the calendar page, the change in the economy, political changes (Oh brother!) and the changes they want to see you make in your lives… ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Well, I don’t have any advice, hints or direction for you and to be candid, I won’t be making any resolutions for the New Year. I am, like all of us as another year goes by, just maturing.

I’m learning more every day about what works and what doesn’t. It’s easier now for me to know when I’m not being straight with myself and how to tell the difference between BS and the truth. It’s getting harder to stay fit with every tug of gravity on these increasingly less flexible tissues.



It’s getting harder to say no to great food and drink (especially around these parts). It’s getting harder to see people doing the things they do to each other without turning to the dark side of cynicism and it’s getting more difficult with each season to keep my Midwestern work ethic working.

Nowadays, when the sun’s out and there are empty chairs going up the hill, it’s getting harder not to turn in a spurious note from my Mom, grab my skis and run laughing to the lift.



So for 2009, just like every year since I crankily cried my way into the world, it’s onward and upward. This year, I’ll keep working to inject humor into the discussion, even if at times it’s inappropriate. I’ll for sure spend more time outside. I’ll be as nice as I can to as many people as I can. I’ll go the extra mile when I can and fall short when I’m psychically incapable.

I’ll balance to the best of my ability the demands of my career and the joy of life. I’ll love my family and friends and attempt kindness with those who haven’t shown me any. I’ll try to help as many people as I can, both in life and in business and I’ll try and maintain patience (man, if anything I do could use a resolution, it’s this one) with those who test it.

Oh, and in the New Year, I’m not going to worry about you. You’re going to do your thing regardless of my advice or Oprah’s or Dr. Phil’s or anyone you’ll read preaching across the vast array of info-sources you have at your fingertips these days.



I’m OK with that. I figure, if I can run my life to the ideals I’ve been given by my idols, you can make your way following your own heroes just fine. I’m just the chamber of commerce guy. I don’t have the wisdom to teach you about life or anything else. But I do hope that someone, whoever, will set an example you’ll want to follow. You can start on your new path now because of the motivation of the New Year, or you can just keep on keeping on in your own wonderful, inimitable way.

Regardless, I hope you’ll make 2009 a good year for you and as many others as you can. If it takes change, change. If it takes constancy, stay on course. Resolve that issue and you’ve made the best resolution of all.

Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.


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