The year 2011 was, professionally, a bewildering taffy-pull of projects on topics relating to facets of organizational and societal reform and its measurement. On a personal level, it has been a year where I have made a lot of progress in composting grief.
I don't do resolutions. I feel they often come from a negative and punitive place, one that encourages us accidentally to tell our own story in a negative way. Why should we begin the year thinking about what we dislike about ourselves? That's just silly! Pick what you like, what you do well, and then expand from there.
I believe I did relatively well raising my son. I had a discussion with someone the other day about adolescent female sexuality, and I realized that retrospectively what I did in a nutshell was to focus my actions around building optimism and resilience. With that point of view firmly in place, decisions, actions, and even philosophies fell naturally into place.
So my Guiding Perspective (not Resolution) for 2012 is to use the point of view of building optimism and resilience for myself and society... socially, intellectually, physically, and financially.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and engaging New Year, and the ability to share your joy with many people.