How is your health? Your wealth? Your state of mind? Your station in the world? Your value in the world? Your value to anyone? Your value to yourself?
OK – enough about the questions, and lets not do ‘resolutions’ either – let’s focus on thanks, on gratitude, on appreciation for how we are, how things are, compared to a year ago.
I’m a year older, weary of some recent temporary health issues – getting back in gear, not in fear, but with a better appreciation of my limitations. I’m down 30 lbs. (thanks George for the prod …), I’ve seen my youngest daughter after way-too-long (thanks Krista), I’ve kept my head above water (thanks clients), I’ve kept my focus (thanks to several authors – Michael Lewis, Edgar Doctorow, Roger Rosenblatt, James Salter, Daniel Kahneman – I spent some time with, I’ve kept my sanity when several people caused me to nearly lose it (thank you, experience/wisdom that comes with aging), I’ve kept my friends (grew my group a little), I’ve kept my focus on the prize (actually, I lost my focus for a while – but I got it back).
As you embark upon this new year – what are you focused on? Grateful for? What are you doing to make the world a better place so – if I ask you a year from now, you’ll have a better answer?
If we want better answers, should we start by asking harder questions? More worthy questions? Most of all, questions where we don’t have an answer but desperately need one.
I guess we always want more and for it to be permanent. I like your analogy of it being between a spark of light and a butterfly. I find that if I just stop searching, the butterfly lands on my shoulder. Wishing you a butterfly in 2018!, CG, Toronto, ON