Tonight, Facebook asks, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?“. I don’t typically write them, nor rarely even think them. In fact, I wrote a friend today, saying I LOVE surprises so I choose not look too far into the future to possibly see what is coming next.
The past few years have dealt some sad and frustrating circumstances that, at times, threatened to dash my ability to enjoy wonder and be amazed. But I didn’t let it.
Professionally, 2012 was filled with wonder and amazement. And, opportunities to remember what it is like to start from a low point and build up from there. A few of the highlights: I’ve launched this blog site, continue to garner support for L&D through it, 800+ Twitter followers, publishing in a few places, a (mostly) weekly web tv show (#eLearnChat http://www.justin.tv/relatecorp and archives: http://www.youtube.com/relatecasts) I met a few “idols” in this crazy profession we like to call, “Workplace Learning & Performance”. And many of my really terrific friends are also my most trusted professional allies too. They let me know they love me unconditionally and support me no matter what. How lucky can one gal be? How can I ever fail?
Personally, I have had to learn a LOT about a lot of things I never thought I’d have to learn so much about. Cancer, Hospice, Kidney disease, death of a close loved one–you get the picture. But from all of this, I’ve been re-learning how to be grace-filled with myself. Live more in the moment, without worrying about what is coming next because it is mostly outside of my control anyway. Enjoy the experiences WHILE I’m having them, even more than I ever have. Cook for the joy of doing it. Enjoy perfectly delicious food with as little guilt as possible. Laugh as often as I can. Smile at least as often. Be present. I am trying to be a student of learning that the best moment is this one. So this for me, all of this is my answer to the question.
Bottom line: I won’t be writing lofty goal statements and berating myself for not having attained them. I’ve learned that wonder and wonderful are more my style.