Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick Tock. Sproiiinnng! So ends 2010.

“Should auld acquaintance be-e-e-e-e forgot and never brought to mi-i-i-i-nd?” Yeah, right. One can only hope.

With all of the things I’ve experienced over the past year, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll forget much. In keeping consistent with the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, I recognize that the past year has been loaded with memories that probably won’t go away any time soon. 2010 has taught me important lessons about love (thanks baby!), loss (I love you, Big Mama), enlightenment, forgiveness, disassociation, tolerance, loneliness, perseverance, sleep deprivation, family, community, transition, stress, professionalism, heartbreak, charity, spirituality, and self-actualization. 2010 was one of those years where I can look back and truly say that I’ve made exponential growth directly proportionate to the circumstances I’ve faced. The past year was definitely one for the ages.

Opposite of the song/poem however, I — for the most part — plan to keep 2010 behind me. The year came. I lived through it. I had my fair share of experiences to deal with. I learned from them. Now they’re over and done with. As a very wise man told me just this morning, it’s OK to take the occasional glance at ’10 through the rear view mirror. But my eyes have to predominantly be fixed on what is ahead of me. I need to keep my eyes fixed on 2011.

I guess the best way for me to do this is to continuously strive to be a better person. But truth be told, this isn’t the type of attitude that we need to reserve exclusively for New Year’s Day. God gives us a chance for renewal each day we wake up. Instead of it being seen as simply a second chance, each day we’re given can be a fresh, new beginning for us; loaded with new opportunities. All we have to do is open ourselves up to it. I suppose this is why I don’t believe in making resolutions. So, if you were expecting me to produce a list of deep and awe-inspiring resolutions (that I’ll likely break within a weeks’ time), you might be disappointed.

May God continue to bless and keep you all this year!

– ACL

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