I’m saying goodbye

If you’re reading this it means my time on earth is done. I’m finished, kaput. There’s no more I can do anymore, for good or for ill. My existence lasted a mere 365 days. Let me tell you it went by fast. My predecessor told me it would, but I didn’t believe him. After all I’m a year. I’m a long time, right?

Now I’m done. My breathing is heavy and belabored. I used to be spry but now I’m tired.

I have to cede control to my successor; another new year.  I wish him the best. So much happens over the years. Mine had its moments. I was a part of war and rumors of war. I saw the economy sputter itself to some semblance of health. I oversaw the opening of movies good and bad. Families lives were altered, some irrevocably. Everyone grew older. I flew by.

So if I had any advice for the upcoming year it would be this (all cliches I’ll admit and obviously not exhaustive):

  • Handcraft each day to your liking, for it is unique
  • Grow deep through pain, since pain deepens us for growth
  • Eat more ice cream, don’t live so healthy all the time
  • Be a kinder person, it’s contagious
  • Love deeply. Is there any other way?
  • Let my days go by without regret, you can’t have them back anyway
  • Don’t plan too many years in advance. They haven’t come to life yet.
  • Re-imagine a hope-filled world, for the world is our home
  • Listen to the Beatles, and discover true craftsmanship.
  • Read more books, they make us more human
  • Take a nap everyday. The stats are out on it’s benefits
  • Don’t settle for mediocre coffee. Make the buzz mean something.
  • Exercise your soul. Meditate daily.
  • Live outside your comfort zone

So, see ya later and treat 2014 with dignity and respect and joy.

Posted in Attitude, Change, Mental Wellness, perseverance, resilience, self-reflection, the present

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Jeff Vankooten is a speaker and author focusing on the power of resilience to effectively engage the challenges of change. He helps leaders, businesses, and organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.
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