So, here we are kicking off 2016! This will be the start of so many new and exciting adventures for all of us re-booters, including the fact that, as of today, I am renaming (and relocating) my blog. Dignitary’s Retreat is being officially retired and I’m switching over to “Rebooting a Life” as my new handle. (When you get to the blog page, click on the title and you’ll get the entire post, otherwise, you just read a squib.) I’m getting my act organized and have created a personal website as well as decided on a name for this blog that accurately reflects what it’s about! I hope you’ll come along for this revamped ride and follow me there…

 

Ok, having attended to the technical particulars, let’s switch gears back to the personal. First of all, thank you for your interest and the time you take to read my blog. We each have busy lives and precious spare time, so the fact that you’re willing to expend some of yours to read my words is much appreciated! I hope that some of the questions I pose are helpful to you as you go about the business of figuring out your own life—I know that having a purpose to compose these posts helps me. It’s wonderful to be able to share the joys, sorrows, frustrations and surprise discoveries of this re-booting business with fellow travellers…

 

New Year’s is traditionally a time to look forward, but I am a firm believer in context, which is why this post is dedicated to making sense of what happened over the last year. The way I see it, understanding why things unfolded the way they have enables us to garner reliably better results in futuro. Of course, there are limits to how much energy we should devote to such consideration because, when you get right down to it, understanding why and how each dish in your sink got dirty does nothing to make them clean; if we want sparkling dishware, we have to get in there and scrub! Action is the name of the game…

 

But back to assessing what happened last year. Now that the entirety of 2015 is behind us, I think its worthwhile to take a few quiet moments to consider what were the big events in your life. Where and when did your energy shift? How do you see things differently now than you did the year before?

 

It’s remarkable, isn’t it–how rapidly and dramatically some of our opinions and ideas and concerns can alter. What we thought we were worried about or aspired to has faded away, replaced by something entirely different. It’s so weird–I reckon we should chalk it up to personal growth. You’ve grown over the past year. You see more now. You understand things differently than you did. You recognize that there are other, more important aspects of life to consider—think of it as the various facets of a beautifully cut gemstone–aspects you were previously too oblivious or afraid to examine, but now you are more aware than you ever were before. It takes tremendous courage to reconsider our ideas and priorities and comfort levels.

 

How brave are you?

 

Out here in Santa Barbara, I’ve been catching up with old friends, many of whom find themselves in the thick of re-booting from one phase of life to another. Some are getting divorced or discovering new love. Some are grappling with career shifts or retirement issues. Some are negotiating the wrenching pains of getting older or losing loved ones or watching the kids go in different directions from where they thought or hoped. But despite all the excruciating discomfort that can come with momentous change, none of them has given up. Thank God for that.

 

For me, 2015 turned out to be quite a cheerful and encouraging year with certain goals accomplished and more to come. But I think the biggest shifts have been internal, I feel much stronger than I did three years ago. I feel more hopeful and even a little bit wiser. I’ve made progress in cultivating a certain amount of patience (never my strong suit) and believe I am more compassionate when it comes to the frailties of others now that I feel more confident in myself. People seem to notice. Friends have commented that my energy is different than it was. And it is.

 

What do you think would those close to you observe about you over the past year?

Why don’t you ask them?

 

This re-booting business is a never ending prospect. If we pay attention, it becomes apparent that each of us is changing all the time—at least those of us who remain curious and open and engaged in life. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, just waiting for us to discover it! In a way, such transformation may feel intimidating or daunting, but I encourage you to focus on the exciting aspects. What surprising breakthroughs will manifest for you? Just imagine, how might you see differently a year from now than you do today…

 

And again, this is a friendly reminder that I am switching over to my new blog site and name, Rebooting a Life, which will be part of my personal website. I hope you’ll choose to follow me there as it doesn’t automatically carry over. See you soon!

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