And so this is 2016

Now that January is half over, it seems like the right time to take stock and look ahead to 2016. No? Not buying it?  I don’t blame you. The truth of course is that I didn’t have my ducks in a row on January 1st. My ducks were all over the pond, with seemingly little interest in my attempts to corral them.

So while the rest of the blogosphere was diligently sharing their thoughts and perspectives upon ringing in the new year, I was still sipping my wine and contemplating not much more than whether I needed to go out and get more wine.

Life and it’s many surprises pulled at me in November and December, and it wasn’t until the end of that last month when I could even catch my breath and actually return to travelling my path. After I paused for a brief rest.

Two weeks later, I’m slowly regaining my balance and able to consider both the responsibility and the excitement of a being given the opportunity to embrace a minty fresh new year.

It’s been a tough year personally and a great one professionally, which makes for some bittersweet reflection. But then that’s life, isn’t it? Rarely do the stars align perfectly so that all things can be said to be in harmony. It’s why some people fail to even attempt to live the life they truly want. As they continue to wait for that perfect moment, the years continue to roll in and fade away.

I never make New Year’s resolutions, and in keeping with tradition I’ve neglected to make any this year as well. But I love January 1st. The promise it holds, the visceral optimism of a fresh canvas.

Yes, logically, I know that events of the past can bleed into the present and burden the future. We can’t control what the world throws at us. But we have absolute power over how we react.

And while a calendar date rolling over from one day to the next is as ostensibly insignificant as any other twenty-four hour period, taking a few moments to consider a year gone by, while standing on the precipice of another 365 opportunities to make it count, opens your eyes to a vast sea of gratitude.

I’m glad I decided to follow the path I’m on. I’m not a brave person. But I made a few brave choices which have led me to where I am now. And for that, I’m immensely grateful.

Hello 2016. It’s a pleasure to meet you.


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