This will date me a bit, but I loved watching Captain Kangaroo as a young child. Books and cartoons were shared. Lovable characters like the Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and Mr. Green Jeans would interact with The Captain throughout the show. It was a time for giggles, imagination and fun, even if it was in black & white!
I remember distinctly on one show Captain Kangaroo said, “See you next year!” The adult knowledge we all share tells us this show was aired on December 31. But to a young child, of probably 4 years of age, “next year” was very far into the future. I cried for hours. I couldn’t believe that I would have to wait so long to see The Captain and all his friends! My mother tried to console me. I know she tried her best to explain the concept of a new year beginning the very next day. But, it was very hard for me to understand that “next year” meant “tomorrow.”
Well, next year is tomorrow. As 2010 ends I say good-bye to many wonderful memories and a few hardships. I’m thankful for the support of so many wonderful friends through both the good and the not so good times. I look forward to a new year knowing that each day will be an opportunity to LEARN and GROW!
For many years, I’ve joined the crowd in making resolutions. Losing some weight and getting in better shape would top my list. And year after year I would make progress towards those goals in the first few weeks and then they would fall along the wayside. They’d keep coming to the surface throughout the year, but were sometimes short-lived.
While those and many other intentions are worthy and will be not forgotten, I plan to look at them differently. I found this video sums up much of what I’ve been thinking for my year ahead. It was shared by Lisa Dabbs (aka @teachingwthsoul) on her blog.
“Your time is now. To be fearlessly resilient. To rebound with purpose and power. To lead with intention. To discover what you want – and Go Get It.” ~Katherine Center
Each one of us has dreams to accomplish both personally and professionally in 2011. Together we can accomplish so much. Along the way, let’s help each other smile and stay focused. Let’s continue the spirit of global sharing and collaboration so that new perspectives will guide us to deeper understandings of the world around us.
Let’s all go out and discover what we want … and GO GET IT!
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
See you next year!