Often we go through life looking for easy routes to happiness. And at the end of the day (or year), when people talk about what they’re grateful for, it’s the “good” times they focus on.
In a reversal, and in honor of my good friends Yin and Yang, I’d like to thank you, 2011, for the “bad” times too.
Perhaps “good” and “bad” are too black-and-white. After all, Yin and Yang would tell us that every good has its bad side, and every bad has its good side.
So, 2011, I’d like to thank you for the easy times and the challenging ones. For the times when it felt like I was zooming straight ahead, firing on all cylinders, and for the times when it felt like I was hitting roadblocks or getting stuck in the mud.
For the joy, the pain, the sunshine, and the rain (yeah, I know, I sound like an old song by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock) 🙂
Yes, you’ve brought me more challenges than I’ve ever experienced in my life (or at least in a very long time), on many levels. But I’m sure I signed up for them, way back when, before I made a return to this earth in human form.
So you’ve more than delivered. And in the process I’ve learned more about my weaknesses, and more about my strengths, than I ever could have imagined.
That’s what’s required for us to learn, grow or develop in life.
And one of the things I’ve learned is to embrace every bump in the road and every rainy cloud, because the bumps are paved with gold and the clouds have silver linings.
2011, I’ll never forget you and what you’ve taught me. I’m grateful for every moment you’ve spent with me, no matter how much I may have resisted you at the time.
Now I bid you a fond farewell as I look forward to 2012, and what exciting experiences it will bring me in the coming year.
Lots of love,
P.S. Enjoy that classic hip song I mentioned above, in your honor — this version brought to us by my old friend from Toronto, Chris Sheppard:
P.P.S. Happy New Year!
Keep Unwrapping the Mysteries of Life!