If you wrote your own personal Best Of 2009 List, what would be on it? I just wrote mine and like any really honest inventory there's always something revealed: what really matters and a theme or two.
There were plenty of events and accomplishments I could have put down on my Best-Of list that would make sense, such as: having written a novel (albeit at the speed of light). But in my heart it wasn't fulfilling. I actually felt more moved and excited by the first poem I finally wrote this year, just yesterday. There's a message here obviously.
What a Best Of list can show you is a potpourri of: What you did; a theme of a year; movement and direction; and point to goals/themes/commitments/devotions/whatever-you-call-them for 2010.
So, I invite you to write your heart-felt personal Best Of* list for 2009. See what you find there.
*What counts as a best-of? Some examples to get you started:
A big-ass accomplishment: You arrived somewhere new and great in your work life, personal life, creative life, spiritual life, child- and pet-raising life.
The internal stuff: You reacted to that same ol' button-pushing situation in a new and improved way. And YOU know it. Or, you had a conversation that was at a higher level even if for five minutes.
Courage: What did you do that took courage and faith?
Action: Where did you take action to begin to move in the direction of your dreams (even if dreams are fuzzy)? In-the-moment moments: Did you walk in the dusk and stop to look at the silver fairy dust and ethereal light and declare, "Oh WOW"? Because stopping to notice this beauty, some might say, is mastery.
Anything else that whispers in your ear. Trust your instincts of what counts for a 2009 Growth-worthy Best-Of Accomplishment.
Here's to a kick-ass 2010. You've earned it, don't you think?