In my training classes, I use a lot of analogies to illustrate key concepts – sometimes with metaphors, other times by storytelling or “painting a picture” using language.
Analogously, 2011 for me can be described by a few relevent quotes… (which follow below). I’d be interested to know if any of these ring true for you as well.
2011 in hindsight…
I will remember 2011 as a “revolving door” year. It was a whirlwind of experiences as new and old people in my life interacted to form a patchwork quilt of experiences in love, friendship, career, work, finance, relationships, travel, challenges and fun. While the “revolving door” represents the series of people, places and experiences that came, went, or lingered; sometimes the door revolved so fast it made my head spin. I hope to finish the year ultimately ahead, but it was not an easy year.
- Good (some great people such as my kids, my brother Dan, my parents, incredible true friends in Florida and around the world, and new acquaintances);
- Bad (the incompetent “little boy” realtor and a “fake” friend who highly recommended him hoping to get a kickback; self-centered acquaintances and family; lawyers); and
- Downright Ugly (hypocritical and greedy U.S. banks; in-your-face disrespectful building inspectors — beware if you need an inspector in Pinellas County FL!)
2011 in Quotes…
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go… Some people move our souls to dance, they awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom… Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our hearts for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same…” — anonymous.
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
“Life is a series of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent
“There comes a point in life when you realize who matters, who doesn’t, and those who never will. There is a reason that people from our past did not make it into our future.” – anonymous
“The cure for boredom is curiosity… there is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
This one is particularly true with the state of the world economy and how it interferes with some of our best laid plans for adventure:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
And, finally one of my own:
“I would rather be financially poor and emotionally rich, than the other way around… one can always print money.” – Carol Dekkers
HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON WHEREVER YOU LIVE, WHATEVER YOU CELEBRATE…
and wishing you a 2012 filled with health, wealth, wisdom, and great adventures!