Monday, December 10, 2012
Looking Back, Looking Ahead, and Thank You
Whoa, where did 2012 go? December got here while I was still basking in the glow of a wonderful Thanksgiving, and now the holidays are upon us as well as the end of the year. Someone pushed the fast forward button in October.
Many people rev up at the end of the year. Things get hectic. Stress levels rise. I’m not immune to that, but overall, I like to slow down. The increasing darkness (in the northern hemisphere) draws me inside, literally and figuratively. The end of the calendar year is an artificial demarcation, but it’s a good time to look back...and forward.
One thing I’ve been thinking about is my blog. I started this blog in February 2010. For the first year, I posted randomly about the 10 Steps. Beginning in January 2011, I focused on one step per month, with the idea that this would encourage the development and reinforcement of the habits associated with each step. Highlighting one of the 10 Steps each month took me through October of last year. After that, I reverted to posting randomly about the steps which I continued to do through this year.
This year also birthed my book about the 10 Steps, which was released in October. I’m pleased that it has been well received and continues to help me raise money for Edwards Center, the nonprofit to which I’ve pledged all the proceeds from the book. (You can find out more about the book by clicking on the link at the top of the right margin.)
So what’s next? One thing I’ve been thinking about is doing more with my FB page (which you can visit and “like” by clicking on the FB link in the right margin, or just click here). Beginning in January, I’m thinking of launching a short daily FB post with the theme “Living in Your Happy Place Every Day.” Posts might include quotes, links, video clips, suggested daily practices, and whatever else catches my attention. The point is to remind us on a daily basis to open our spirits to joy.
Which brings me back to the blog and a request to you to offer any suggestions or feedback you might have. As you have probably figured out by now, I’m pretty low tech, so don’t be looking for fancy tech changes. I guess what I’m asking you is to give me some feedback about what brings you here, and, if you are a regular reader, what keeps you coming back. Are there things you would like me to do differently? Topics you would like addressed? Something I’m missing? How can I support you better in developing habits to grow a joyful spirit, to find and stay in your happy place?
Okay, my turn to give you some feedback. One of the things I love about writing the blog is the wide range of connections I’ve made through it. I now have blog friends all over the world. I am so grateful that people of different nationalities, cultures, faiths, opinions, hemispheres, experiences, ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, can all meet here to share our thoughts and stories. I’ve read on other blogs about problems with people be hateful or hurtful in some way. How lucky I am that given the amazing diversity of readers on this blog, I have had next to zero issues like that. The fact that we come here from such different backgrounds and yet can all listen and speak with deep respect and honor to each other is a marvel I don’t take for granted.
What’s even more marvelous is that my blog is not unique in this respect. Not at all. On the contrary, I visit many blogs where people come to the table with openness and eagerness to hear each other, to learn from each other, to support each other. Isn’t that amazing? I just shake my head in humble wonder.
So whether you are here for the first time or you’ve been here many times before, I thank you for the blessings you bring here with your presence. And I look forward to seeing what the next year brings for all of us. Thank you so much.