A lesson learned and a happy new year


May you all have a Happy New Year and welcome it full of joy, bravery and awesome plans! 2o12 is almost done, 2013, here we come. This post is about all those people that mean a lot to me, about all those moments i shared with them, and about every time i laughed, cried, hoped, worked hard, worked harder :-), felt down and got up again.  All of them, have made a…freaking great year,with beautiful accomplishments and some big fat fails to learn from and never to them again 🙂

This year has been about growing, for me. And i really hope most of you felt like growing, even a bit. And if you don’t yet,how about you make a list of all your plans for next year, think big but keep it real, close to your heart and…measurable 🙂 – write down visiting all your dear ones at least twice a year, reading a new book at least every month, telling that special someone you love him in a different way every…day :-), learning a new language. Start making better presentations for work, change your look, move into a new home, start a small business, or a large one, travel in at least 2 foreign countries or visit the 7 wonders of the world, learn to sky, to tap dance, volunteer for an NGO, apply for an MBA or make a shift to your career. Write them all down, prioritize them, follow them. And…see you next year, with a hand full of joy and growth!

The end of the year is, by global tradition, the time when we take a break and some moments to look back, draw conclusions, do some learning and future planing. Some people say we shouldn’t wait for the end of the year to do that, as they say we shouldn’t wait for special holidays to celebrate. I believe we really need some special days to remind us to do all the special things like..resting, thinking about ourselves, about our dear ones, about our greatest wishes, hopes and dreams. It’s the same principle as objectives setup in project management – you need specific time for planning ahead (the beginning of the year), implementing and evaluation (the end of the year). Otherwise, we all think we keep in mind the importance of self and life evaluation…generally. But how often does is sleep through our fingers, in the rush of everyday routines? 🙂

Anyway, speaking about looking back and planning ahead: i have a lot of things to be grateful for, after 2012: i learned a lot, professionally and personally. I managed to keep discovering how much there is still to learn and not freak out completely :-), i  managed to be there, most of the times, for the ones i love most, and i also learned to take people and things around me…as they come. I never underestimated anyone around me, nor taken them for granted, but I used to have a special wishful joy in meeting open people, clever people, successful people, people with potential, with strong will and guts, and find it quite difficult to spend a lot of time around people with fewer or no ambitions, interests or manners. Yes, it seems judgmental. But please, let us just call it thorough intention of selection. This year has though me  (or better yet, some absolutely wonderful persons that surrounded me this year got me into learning) to enjoy everyone, and adventure into seeing the best in them; seeking that part that makes them unique, special, different, and try to make a sense of it and the best of it, detrimental to flaws, that we all might have, in the end. Yes, that is an approach with ups and downs. But I’m gonna stick to it for now, and I shall refine it next year 🙂

“People aren’t always what you want them to be. Sometimes they disappoint you or let you down, but you have to give them a chance first. You can’t just meet someone and expect them to be everything you’re looking for and then be angry when they’re not every hope and aspiration you projected onto them. It’s foolish to believe that someone will be what you imagine them to be. And sometimes, when you give them a chance, they turn out to be better than you imagined. Different, but better.” (Chloe Rattray, Sacré Noir)

NB: It’s OK to share your wishes for next year with others. But keep some of them just for yourself. I came to know that it helps growing a more honest inner relationship 😉 Have a great new year!

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