As I sit here winding up the week, getting ready to head over to the Methow Valley for a few days of holiday fun with friends, it occurs to me that it’s been a really good year.
These past couple years have been a time of tricky dichotomies and social change, new awareness, synergies and letting go, studded with complex challenges and rich opportunities. That’s a colorful brew that has made for some very interesting times. Strangely, I feel better for it in many ways, and I know I’m not alone.
It may be fair to say that, as a company, we’ve learned more in the past two years than in the previous 13 years combined. Adversity is a candid instructor, and yet, here we are enjoying our work more than ever. How could that be? I suppose one shouldn’t question a ‘win’.
We are absolutely grateful to be on the planet at a time and place which allows us to participate in effecting positive change and to enjoy collaboration with other like-minded people. It’s an ideal time to be alive.
I read this wonderful excerpt recently from Bill Stumpf’s book, The Ice Palace That Melted Away: Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life. I find there is a certain simple and universally accessible luxury and truth in his words. Civility costs nothing to proffer and is priceless in its viral capacity for lightening hearts and bringing joy.
I wish you all personal peace and prosperity for all the coming years! Zeta
“Civility is something extra– the added measure of grace– in the way we shape human behavior through objects and custom…” “Civility is comfort, hidden goodness, social lubricant, personal worth, helping others, play- civility is the joy we take in our human achievements and the compassion we show toward our all-too-human faults. Civility can be extended by technology and can be obliterated by it. Civility is toleration, understanding. It is the integration of differences, not the heightening of them.”
Published on December 23, 2010.