The year of the horse is almost gone. It may stay a bit longer though, if I stick to the Chinese calendar. It was more of a herd year. It brought plenty. It had the grace of a Friesian horse. It had the strength of a Belgian draft horse. It had the speed of a racing horse. It had the lightness of a Paso Fino. It was a year of learning. Both academic and life learning.
I learned about the healing power of forgiveness through one phone call I learned the happiness of ignoring the buzz. Both internal and external. More they tried, more ignorant I became. Oh, glorious ignorance.
I learned that a mentor is very much human. He can make mistakes an apprentice would not make and he can still stay my mentor.
I learned that pretty anyone can be a mentor, as the experienced barista at my favorite coffee shop smiles at his new colleague’s clumsiness.
I learned that even after 10 years people in civil service go back to what I’ve written for them back then and find it helpful (although this makes me worried about their progress :).
I learned that appreciation comes at most unexpected times and colleagues’ prize for “best coach and support of others” in the organisation are best given in absentia. To my highest delight though.
I learned that a graffiti Christmas tree on a flipchart is best decorated by post-it notes each member of the team writes their wishes on.
I am more environment conscious now. I learned the joy of one item for breakfast.
I learned to enjoy four times less cloths orders this year compared to last year.
I learned that people whom I admire share my admiration to tears of joy.
I learned that my partner is a better lover year after year.
I learned that my child and I can have the same dream and share it in the morning.
I learned that blessing others brings peace to all.
I learned to say goodbye just to say hello to something else the minute after.
I learned the value of a place where my coffee cup waits for me. Always.
I relearned the joy of organizing parties: Butterflies Fairy party in Winter, Strawberry party in Spring, Ratatouille cooking party in Late Summer, Bowling and Art party in Fall….
I learned that a stranger can grow into calling me “mom”.
I learned that a stranger can grow into calling me a “gift”.
I learned to allow myself to feel and let go.
I learned the power of No. With a big smile.
I learned the power of stillness.
I learned the power of vulnerability.
I rejoiced in the thought of what the power of No, the power of stillness and the power of vulnerability can do.
I started to be around only people who love and support me. Reciprocity creates magic.
I learned that confidence comes from fearlessness. Fearlessness comes from faith. Faith comes from freedom.
I hope I was a good life student. I am ready for more. I want to know more. I want to learn to play chess. I want to learn to dance like a pro. I want to learn to swim. I want to do more to help others. I want to explore my 21 year old sexuality. I want to discover the world with my children. I want to prosper in building lasting memories for my loved ones. I want to embrace minimalism; a day a week without consumption is my first small step. I want to learn to heal through compassion. I am open to everything Life brings. Only the best comes my way. These are not New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe they are 🙂
Life can be surprising with so many twists and turns. You may think you have finally solved it and then the next minute, you are suddenly brought to another part of its glorious maze…
The only thing you can do is enjoy whatever life throws at you… The good, the seemingly bad, the exquisite ones…
Just learn new things everyday… All the animal years…