A Year at the Helm

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I wrote my first QP editorial column. On the other hand, when I think back on everything that has happened in 2012, it seems to be almost too much for a single year to contain.

In addition to my new responsibilities, there was travel to trade shows, franchise conventions, and vendor-sponsored events. Of course, when I say “trade shows” I am referring to a week spent in Germany to attend drupa 2012 and another week in Chicago for the NAQP Owners Conference and Graph Expo 2012. The latter also marked our third year of producing the official Graph Expo Show Daily. Both events were exhausting, but also extremely rewarding. I firmly believe that every company owner should attend both trade shows. The technical, business, and industry knowledge that can be gained at such events are not to be missed.

In my office, these 12 months equal: 12 issues each of Quick Printing and Wide-Format Imaging; 52 weekly e-newsletters each for QP, WFI, and Printing News; the inauguration of the industry’s first video e-newsletter (also distributed weekly); too many new product announcements and press releases to count, updated daily on MyPRINTResource.com; webinars on all kinds of subjects; four issues of the Graph Expo Show Daily; photo galleries of industry events, awards, and projects; and a hundred other bits and pieces that come together to bring you the most comprehensive source of industry news and intelligence available.

At this time of year, when I am given to reflection, I find myself contemplating the nature of time. I won’t bore you with my own philosophizing, but perhaps you’ll enjoy these bits of wisdom from others who have thought deeply about the subject.

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” — C.S. Lewis

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to’.” — Lao Tzu

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” — William Penn

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Marthe Troly-Curtin

“How did it get so late so soon?” — Dr. Seuss

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” — Tennessee Williams

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. Actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...stuff.” — Doctor Who

OK…a little of my own philosophy. Brand new years do not rely upon calendars. No matter when you read this, even if you read it again and again, your next 12 months begins right now. Make the most of it.