I’m taking a break from blogging. Just until Dec. 27. I need time to reflect and recharge. Looking back, I came across this holiday post from last year:
As 2009 draws to a close, I find myself breathing a sigh of relief. It hasn’t been an easy year. Yet, more and more, I’m learning about what makes people resilient in tough times. To be sure, the sheer energy it takes to re-invent our lives, businesses and cities in the face of trying circumstances creates new possibilities. Like many of you out there, I’ve been through the big D’s: death of a loved one, divorce, and downsizing—in my case, a move that will reduce my storage space by 80%.
My mantra for 2009 has been: “Imagine what you want it to be like.” With this in mind, I paced through the vacant flat I would soon call home. My footsteps echoed in the emptiness. I had to choose paint colors to help make the place my own. I closed my eyes and tried to picture the world I wanted to live in everyday. Rich colors came to mind–bold and strong. The folks at the paint store got to know me. One guy in particular became my color therapist. He bucked me up when I nearly chickened out twice on the Medici Mallichite, a lustrous greenish blue that now adorns my bedroom walls. Each time I lost faith in my choices, he was stalwart. “Go with your gut.” His final admonition was: “Let it go.”
Yesterday, I began moving a few boxes into the flat. My daughter and I decided to put up a Christmas tree near the fireplace. We figured it’d make the place warm and festive. It worked. The rooms are freshly painted and stunning, awaiting our belongings. It’s even better than I pictured.
It’s hard to know what 2010 has in store. Have you noticed that fewer economists are venturing forecasts this new year? As I tilt my head to size up the number of books left to pack compared to the number of boxes I have left, I am filled with hope. My kids are home for the holidays. We are moving to a new place. I am casting off things that no longer serve me. That includes endless worrying about how things will turn out. My mantra for 2010? “Let it go.”
Here are my predictions for 2010:
1. The people who can imagine something wonderful will be more innovative.
2. Those who encourage others on their journeys of transformation will win more business (I spent a lot at the paint store!).
3. Those with the courage to “let it go” with grace will be happier.