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Whether 2019 was the year you stepped into our life story or vanished from it, whether you have been a part of our lives and planing to continue the journey with us, in any case, I wanted to wish you a meaningful start of the year and share my yearend note. Thank you for taking part! May you have a glorious New Year!
Year-End Note 2019
Getting the yearend note started seems to be growing into more of an arduous task every year. Would it be wise to attribute it to age? Or shall I pertain it to more subtle attributions; less strength, less focus, less time. Less of everything that seemed so abundant in my twenties. Nevertheless, no matter how strenuous “ initiating” the yearend note turns out to be for me, as an Enneagram Type Seven, I am still better off than most people. I believe, for many people, most of the time, the challenge is to get started, to take the first step, to initiate. However, in my case, the challenge is “to complete”. So, here I am. Scribbling the first words on wrapping up 2019, with the hope and intention to arrive at the finish line. Both of 2019 and of my little note farewelling it.
Growing up I was always told that healing is much harder as you age. Your body just can’t recover as fast as it used to, I was told. Twenty-nineteen woke me up from my childish and snobbish youthful denial. I realize now whether it’s a fractured foot, a hypersensitive skin, a cornea undergone surgical blade, or a broken heart; healing takes much longer as we get older. And perhaps there is wisdom in this sluggish speed to pull oneself back up. More time to ponder, consider and redirect. Since there is less time to commit the same mistakes.
During the recovery time in 2019, which was extended from March( Broken Heart), June( Hives ), August( Fractured Cuboid and a Superficial Cataractomy Surgery), September( Cataract Surgery), to December( Another Cataract Surgery), I realized,…
…I can’t help but notice, that more means, do not necessarily improve this most valuable dimension of human development, communication. It takes mindful diligence to take advantage of technology and truly stay in touch with people who matter to you. May you find time in 2020 to connect in a meaningful way.
…I can’t help but notice, even a hundred and fifty “likes” on a social media post won’t fetch you a cup of water when you are disabled or won’t provide you transportation for a follow up visit after surgery. Human connection, authentic, compassionate connection, is the most precious asset one can rely on. May you establish a community of support in 2020.
…I can’t help but notice, acquaintances are a crucial part of our professional and social life. We need different people for different facets of our being; someone to go to the movies with, someone to bike, walk, hike with, someone to trust in business or someone to meet for parties. However, true friends are the ones that show up at your door with food and groceries when you are vulnerable. They call in to check on you. They carry you in their hearts and minds no matter how busy their lives are. And they don’t hesitate to remind you of that. May you be blessed with a couple of true friends and distinguish acquaintances from friends in 2020.
…I can’t help but notice, that most of the group classes at the gym are filled with women. Seems to me that guys prefer to work out alone while women depend on each other for support. They empower each other even when they compete, at least most of the time. Women hold our communities together. They are the glue. They are the blood in the vein of our society. Today, women are standing up stronger than ever and it’s a true honor to be a woman at this time and age. And it is important to send gratitude to all the strong women who made every bit of the freedom and equality possible for us, women of the twenty first century, across the globe today. May you find strong women to lean on and be grateful for, in 2020.
By now you know what a strange year 2019 was for me. I missed two days of work for my surgeries. Radeen and i still managed to enjoy a few of concerts, a trip to Universal, a relaxing stay in a yurt at Cloudland Canyon, a couple of beach trips, our usual walks around the lake, hikes and the normal shenanigans that we get into plus all my business trips. I attended conferences and trade shows on a knee scooter. We actually watched the 30th anniversary of CATS the same night I fractured my foot. I went to the show on crutches. I still took care of the house and the garden and of course my son, Radeen.
As for Radeen, he had an amazing year. He’s the shining star in Math, Science, Biology, Chemistry and Model United Nations ( MUN) at his high school. In March he won the international MUN competition and spoke at the United Nations. Or as he likes to put it, “addressed delegates at the UN”. He was inducted to National Society of High School Scholars and National Junior Honor Society. He was awarded the first place for Science Fair and this year he has been working on an independent study about antlions and Gene migration. He got nominated for GHP ( Governor’s Honor Program) in science, math and social studies. His social studies teacher simply didn’t give him permission to apply for the other two programs. He has passed the first interview for GHP and will most probably be spending the summer in Barry College. Swimming is going well. Rock climbing is better. He is tempted to compete in professional rock climbing championships by the end of this year. Getting his driver’s permit was exciting to him as much as it was scary to me. And suddenly short hair is a thing of the past. Being a teenager has not affected his wise, funny and kind personality though.
I am stepping into 2020 with a grateful heart, a body that is still recovering and the intention to be more mindful about who I surround myself with, what food I nourish my body with and how I prioritize. I am especially carrying the slogan “ SAIL THE SHIP TO THE HARBOR, FROM SHORE TO SHORE”, with the intention to avoid the many marvelous distractions of life, and focus on: learning deeply & completing diligently.
May the lessons learned in 2019 light up the torch for 2020.
Yours, in gratitude
I alone cannot change the world , but I can cast a stone across the waters and create many ripples.