Thanksgiving Eve 2010 has me in a pensive mood. This has been an exceptionally difficult year, and one that I would not wish to repeat. Ever.
That said, I've learned a lot, and that life experience is invaluable. I find that the most difficult times of my life always end up being the most formative. I think it takes discomfort and dis-satisfaction for most of us to move off of status quo, and moving off of status quo is, at some level, is the very essence of growth.
While I have experienced a lot of things in 2010 that I would not wish on anybody, there is still a lot to be thankful for:
Here's to seeking help when you need it, and having the humility and/or intelligence to accept that help when it's offered.
Here's to friends. They keep us anchored and keep us honest, and shine a little light into the darker corners of our thoughts when needed.
Here's to family; both blood kin and in-laws. Great people and unconditional support, even it it's annoying at times.
Here's to competence. There's nothing better than doing something well. It doesn't matter if it's as simple as replacing a chain wheel or as complex as guiding a client through a thorny regulatory issue; nailing it makes your day, and sometimes your whole week.
Here's to values. Sticking to your values means never having to say you're sorry (at least to yourself, that is).
Here's to taking a chance. I am not talking about bungee-jumping here, I am talking about trying something you are interested in but a little afraid of. Reluctance can turn into paralysis pretty damn quick if you are not careful, and that can become a lifestyle after awhile. Like exercise, each time you do this, it gets a little easier, too.
Here's to metaphors. I love them.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and found more then enough to be grateful for this year!