Happy New Year, 2011

I hope everyone’s holidays were peaceful and happy. Mine were laid back, no big deals. Some family, some friends, a great hike on New Year’s Day… And we adopted two kitties, after being catless for a few months. All in all a nice time.

It’s a new year, but there’s nothing really new. The rhythms of seasons, work, and the dojo continue like heartbeats and breathing, regular and reassuring. Last year, 2010, was mostly wonderful. No big vacations, no winning the lottery. I ended the year healthier than I started it, which is great (and for which I credit my Aikido training – and not at all just the physical part). But the big thing is that the little things went well. Just regular daily life – meaningful, engaging work, things going pretty well for family and friends, and training more, and getting more out of it than I could have imagined at the start of the year, and thoroughly enjoying every minute.

Pauliina Lievonen, one of the team that writes The Mirror column on AikiWeb.com, posted this on her Facebook page at the end of the year:

New year’s resolution: More of the same. :-)

That really hit the nail on the head. Sure, there’s room for improvement. There are things I’d like to do better, goals to be met, etc. But all in all, I’m very happy, and looking forward to continuing on in the same way, as much as possible.

I hope your 2010 was like that. And whether it was or wasn’t, I hope your 2011 is the kind of year that leaves you hoping for more of the same.