With our holiday travel over, I find myself working on 2011 projects – finalizing my second book, revising my first book into its third edition, and working on my 2011 business plan. Today, though, I’m not feeling the rush to get to the future. Rather, I’m feeling the tug of the past, specifically the last year.
One of the best things about the week between Christmas and New Years is the retrospective programs that are aired on TV and published by print and web content publishers. There’s something visceral and substantive about reviewing what has happened in the last twelve months. Our day-to-day lives tend to be all-consuming, causing us to focus on the right-now and the immediate future. Retrospectives give us an opportunity to pause and consider what has been and how and why it mattered.
A personal favorite of mine is the review of those who have passed away since the ball last dropped. Remembering those people and all that they accomplished during their lives forces me to look at time in the broadest and most relevant of senses – the lifetime. Somehow that perspective is settling and reassuring to me.
With that introduction, then, let me say that for me and mine, 2010 was a year of some pretty dramatic changes and a number of pretty amazing events. Here are some that come to mind.