Year end is a time for reflecting, reminiscing, and summing up. I don’t know what kind of year you had, but I hope:
You learned something about yourself that had been holding you back.
You shared more of your true self than ever before.
The people in your life are better because of you.
You have the pride and satisfaction of digging deeper within than you thought possible.
You chose happiness despite, not because of, your circumstances.
You were challenged in new ways, pushing you sickeningly beyond your comfort zone.
You lived – truly lived – a new year and not just repeated the same year you’ve been living for a decade.
You had the torment of having to choose between too many options rather than not enough.
Your children or friends overcame their challenges, not because of the help you gave in the moment, but because of the lessons you taught them in the past.
You learned to give up on the idea of control and put your heart into communication and influence.
You intentionally tried at least one thing that terrified you.
You got to connect with and meet a rockstar in your field. And you discovered they were just as human and real as you.
The family, friends, peers, and colleagues you have surrounded yourself with push you and challenge you and inspire you.
You gave your absolute best, failed, and created even better from the ashes.
You found or deepened your passion for something, anything.
You have more and better relationships today than you did 365 days ago.
You shed a bit more of the fear of being authentically, vulnerably, powerfully you.
You left the comfort of being a victim and took on the unyielding double-edge of full responsibility.
You discovered you fear the certainty of the way life was far more than the unknown of the future-now.
It’s an uncertain world and, as much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, there are no guarantees. Natural disaster, disease, loonies, poor decisions, and freak accidents conspire to remove us from the planet before we think our work is done.
Our choice, our obligation, is to live, learn, and move forward with all our heart, soul, and sloppy-messy humanity. What other choice is there? What other obligation more noble?
I hope that all the pain, joy, challenges, learning, fear, laughter, tears, and acts of courage in 2012 have positioned you to do more, to be better, to play bigger in 2013.
Celebrate and rest well tonight my friends for there is significant work to be done tomorrow!
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~ Pablo Picasso