It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … wait a second … it’s just 2014 flying by at one heck of a speed.
As the end of the year approaches, I enjoy reading all of the How Did This Year Stack Up and What to Expect in the New Year articles and reports. Some are quite informative, giving a great perspective of trends to follow or which to avoid like the plague (top 2015 marketing trends, anyone?). Others simply offer a good chuckle and/or a much-needed break from the Holiday season hustle-and-bustle (#hashtags of 2014). Either way, it is always entertaining to see how the internet describes the year behind us, as well as what lies ahead.
While reflecting upon how my own year stacked up, I recall American business consultant Jon Gordon once asking his Twitter followers what one word they would use to describe their year. Responses ranged from creative to straight-laced, including GROW, INTENTIONAL, HOPE, ATTITUDE and SHINE. Gordon believes that everyone has a word that will impact all areas of one’s life. I’m still figuring out what my word will be for 2015, but I can think of a few that fit my 2014 – determined, passionate, reflective.
Time does seem to fly by more rapidly with each passing year. Perhaps my one word should be “present” – all forms of the word. Remembering to exist now and treat every day as a gift, no matter how busy I may be or what is expected of me. So, as we head into the Holiday season, frantically wrapping presents with ribbons and bows, let’s all take time to enjoy the moments that make up our lives and be present. Surely, our presence is the greatest gift of all.
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke