Thursday, December 17, 2009

Year End Self Reflection...

I promised myself that before the year came to a close, I would take pause and reflect on what has been a grueling but truly gratifying year for me personally. Like everyone else, my family has had to find ways to make do with a bit less this year. My business has successfully weathered what some have considered to be the perfect, economic storm. I am beyond thankful to all of the people that have surrounded me, both personally and professionally. I couldn't ask for a finer group of friends. I consider myself blessed.

When I started this blog a little over a year ago, my intention was to digitally archive the experiences I have with my family. It was to be a personal journal; One that my daughters could look back on, long after I am gone. I couldn't have imagined what an important role it would play in my life. Having a place to spew my thoughts, however random, has been nothing less than liberating. This space has provided me with an avenue of self discovery and an opportunity to grow, both mentally and spiritually. It has made me a better father, a more understanding husband and certainly a more humble person.

What I did not expect, is YOU. I have never felt such a strong connection with so many. I can't tell you what your comments, emails, phone calls and letters mean to me. They give me strength. They keep me honest and they provide inspiration on a daily basis. You have changed my life forever. I am grateful for that. It's hard to explain but one year later, I write this blog for many reasons. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I write a big part of it because of you.

I try to write about the things that matter most in my life. Sometimes I just write about farting and pooping. When I'm not writing about farting and pooping, I often look deep inside myself. I don't always like what I find. I've had a lot more of these moments recently and it makes me realize, that if you don't take the time to really look at yourself, then you can never really move forward.

Albert Einstein once said:

"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection, one knows from daily life that one exists for other people."

I chose this quote because it was the first one to come up when I googled "Quotes about self reflection". The truth is, I have no idea what it means, nor do I know what "sojourn" means. So I googled sojourn.

This is what I found:

Sojourn: a temporary stay (a sojourn in the country)

I still have no fucking clue what the quote means and I'm not sure I am confident enough to use sojourn in a real conversation.

But I still think it is healthy to look at one's self and ponder who the person in the mirror really is and what he or she has to offer.

This is what I saw...

Not as productive as I'd hoped. I guess it's back to farting and pooping.

Self reflection makes me feel Out-Numbered, by myself...

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