I've had great ideas for this blog, and was going to have a new design and real focus for you in 2015. As you can see, that hasn't happened (yet). Instead I'm just writing a New Year's greeting. I hope your holidays were perfect, or at least as good as the pictures of holidays I've seen on Facebook (except for the Pinterest disasters, which I love!)
Social media shows us so many happy people, with no problems. Except sometimes we know the story behind many of those Rockwell-esque images. Everyone is doing their best, but even the most perfect holiday comes with flight delays, mixed up package deliveries, and too much or not enough snow. Then there are the really overwhelming shadows in the background: broken relationships, illnesses, accidents, financial worries, or the death of a loved one.
Still, I'm glad people can post Facebook-worthy moments (like the one below) and trust that all of us can find authenticity and compassion from people we are close to in the real world. No matter how bad things are (and sometimes, at least in my life, they have been dire) there is still the promise of a new day, a new year, healing, change, and growth.
There is hope for this blog too, and last year, I learned something that might help me. During my exploration of how to help job candidates develop job skills, I was fortunate to have a colleague in the career counseling field give me some inventories about my career preferences. I've taken these types of tests before, so nothing was a surprise...except his comment that I have a great many interests. Seeing how many things I had selected as an interest was an "ah-ha!" because too much of anything can be a limitation. Perhaps I need to stop jumping from one shiny object to another? A profound insight -- now let's see what I do with it.
And just to show that I probably won't change that much, here are links to two of the most interesting blogs ever. Marcella's Everyday Art: 365 Days of Food-- fantastic water colors of delicious food (see above) and Brain Pickings: A Digest on Interestingness. The quote below Sherwin Nuland is from Brain PIckings most recent post. I tried to shorten it but it was so uplifting I couldn't cut a word.
May your 2015 be filled with authentic relationships, love, and much abundance.