As the year draws to a close, I find myself stepping back and observing myself and the choices I’ve made this year, professionally and personally. It’s been a “pretty good year”.Things I’m grateful for:
- Quality time spent with my family
- Having a job I really like, running a large email system with 50,000 active accounts.
- Getting more connected with what’s going on in the social web, a.k.a Web 2.0, and the blogosphere
- Discovering things like twitter.com – it’s like a giant chat room where you get to choose who you listen to. You also use it as a microblogging service to share updates on what you’re up to.
- My good health. I’m grateful for the time spent exercising this year. Kept me in good health.
- Time spent reading good books that enriched my life.
- Time spent volunteering. It feels good to let my life become larger than just taking care of and being concerned self, spouse and family.
- Time devoted to spiritual practices and my faith. This takes discipline and focus when there are so many distractions in life that pull me away from activities that produce spiritual renewal.
- Time spent journaling. I’m glad I spent time periodically to journal about my professional, personal and community life. Journaling this year forced me to reflect on the things that produce “high value” in my life, and caused me to more quickly find the things that yield little or no value.
- Time spent being kind to others with no thought of personal gain. In life there are many opportunities to simply “be kind” to others. This means giving generously of my self without caring for any reward. I’ve found I have a real knack for listening to others and that listening is a “service” and a way to show kindness and compassion.
Of course there are many choices I made this year that I’d handle differently the second time around. So I have many lessons learned from this year. Stay tuned for another blog entry on that.