I was griping to my wife that 2006 was not exactly the greatest of years. Much of it centered on the death of my father and major life transitions. It was the most stressful year in many.
And then there is perspective. Comparison always gives perspective. I could compare my 2006 with someone whose life was perfect and I would feel worse. I could compare my 2006 with a kid who lost his parents to AIDS and lives in abject poverty. Then I might not feel like my stress is so bad.
Or, I could compare myself to myself and avoid the false sense of being OK and a false sense of guilt. So, that is what I am going to do.
Compared to 2006, I want 2007 to be better.