In a mood of review, I am writing to thank you for reading my posts this year. I hope that you are finishing up 2019 well and can look back with happy affection to the year that has almost passed.
In reflection, I am reminded of the good things, especially those things that I take for granted as if they will always be there. It easy to fall into a sense of comfort that these joys will always be there. Don’t we all do that a little? Yet at this time, I am reminded of how much I do not truly show gratitude for them.
I want to thank my family for being there and particularly my beautiful wife Rhonda. She quietly works behind the scenes without fuss and is a model of consistency and hard work. She is truly what I call a ‘saint of the mundane’ whose work and cleverness makes the household function and whose kind, honest and unassuming nature makes its members shine brightly in the world.
At this time, I am reminded of how much we need to cherish ones such as her, our children and the many friends we have who, in many small ways, make life as sweet as it is.
It is time to re-evaluate our commitments and spend time with those we are doing it all for, …. including ourselves.
I will be walking in the glorious Blue Mountains most mornings at about 5am. It is there that I will be listening to uplifting audiobooks for my book review page and refuelling for a big year to come including a range of upcoming presentations and coaching sessions.
I am lost in reflection right now as I have just finished getting what felt like a thousand balls out of the air I have been juggling and as an ‘air traffic controller of many obligations’, I am happy to report: all safe and landed!
Success doesn’t happen randomly. Career development and education are all things that require a lot of work and commitment at the start but give a great return as time goes on.
The important part is to reflect, revise and renew. We continue to break each point into small steps and this strategy has paid off many times for me and my clients.
The only common denominator in the many success stories I have read about is summed up in one word: Persistence. Alter your dreams and know when something is not the right path and let it go. However, find another path to the top of the mountain!
I will write again in the new year and share strategies and techniques to get revved up for the next exciting instalment of our lives.
While the world marvels at the spectacular it is the small everyday contributions of ordinary people that not only develop their lives but also hold the fabric of society together and their charity and self-discipline can never be replaced.
I leave you with some words of the great master Leonardo:
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
You and I know that things that really count are often drowned out by the noise of a busy life. Let’s all take time to feed those loyal things that are waiting faithfully for us to come home this year. You all encourage me with your feedback and warm wishes!
Thanks for reading! I’d love you to share your thoughts in the comment space below!
Dave is an Adult Educator, Speaker and Youth leader living in Western Sydney, Australia. He has Diplomas in Business and Training, a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education, Vocational and Workplace Training and a Masters of Education with a major in Career Development. He has lived with Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders since an early age, you can read his story online. He is married with 6 children. He is a passionate coach and mentor to young people especially in the vocational guidance and career development areas. Dave is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and has authored a course on Living with Tourette’s which you can study and purchase online through his website – www.davebrebner.com.