(Uno) 1. Watching the fireworks from the roof terrace last night was among the best fireworks displays I have seen. Fireworks are widely available here and neighbors, business owners and individuals set off impressive displays. From our vantage point, we could see fireworks nearly 360 degrees, including the pop and flare of the shows on mainland Italy (Calabria), to the east. Truly awesome.
(Due) 2. Reviewing the High-Lo-High of our 2011’s as we awaited the fireworks last night. My contributions were:
High: Moving to Italy (on my “dream” list),
Lo: Feeling less able to connect in my conversations with others (it’s hard to make new friends),
High: Finding a good job on an overseas base!!!
(Tre) 3. Getting up this morning to read many of my favorite bloggers’ new year posts – full of reflection, ambition and humor. Blogging has been a wonderful addition to the second half of 2011, I cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store.
(Quattro) 4. Waking up to a brilliant sunshiney day with Mt. Etna sparkling in the light.
(Cinque) 5. Breakfast al fresco. Dave made his best hashbrown scramble yet, mmmmm. Bloody mary for Dave, tea for me, coffee for Jim.
“Stepping deeper into the reality of my life.”
These themes took shape over the past months; the concepts speak to me on a gut level. I feel vital and abuzz with life energy when I make deliberate choices about how to spend my time. Following through on my morals, on my goals, and on my responsibilities is often uncomfortable, yet the rewards for completing such actions are immeasurable, so I endure discomfort (as a deliberate practice). To avoid crafting a mere image of myself, I contemplate my goals, my practices and my failings in an effort to step deeper into the reality of my life. Bring on 2012!