On the first Sunday of 2011, I slept until 10:10 am! Amazing. Clearly my body and perhaps my mind were in need of the rest. Ahhh. I felt refreshed and renewed and then, argghhh. The reality of the clock set in. There was no way that I could get ready and get myself to the 11:00 healing prayer service that I enjoy attending. And by missing it, I was neglecting one of my main areas of focus for the year – to cultivate greater spirituality in my life.
I closed 2010 by reading the Art of Possibly by Ben and Rosamund Zanders. It won’t be on my list of all time favorites but there were parts that I thought spectacular. In particular, Ben Zander, the Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra described a situation where he was working with a group of students. Despite their progress and their performances, the individuals were completely concerned about what grade they might receive for their participation. Fast forwarding, Ben called them together and let them know that they would each receive an “A”. Their task was to go home and pen a letter to him from the future – “Date it in the future and say, Dear Mr. Zander, I got my A because…”. In their work product, he saw incredible breakthrough performances. The students began to cast aside fears and limitations and truly invent their futures.
I’m a goal setter and always have been but when I set goals, I start from where I am and project forward. This new idea is intriguing – if I were to tell you that 2011 was the best year ever – what would I say to describe it’s glory and more importantly, my participation in that glory?
Dear Mr. Z,
Today my community is better place and my place within it is better too. It’s become healthier and wealthier as I’ve watched the fruits of my time and attention take off and ripple through those that I come in contact with. People have access to good local food and they know how to prepare it. No one is hungry. The energy and spirit of learning this has created an atmosphere of shared purpose and dialogue. Even when neighbors disagree, they engage in civil discourse to understand both sides of the issue. There’s less stress and that allows more time for community building activities and the arts and humanities. Our community garden is abundant and by documenting it, I have the foundation for my second book. My family is strong in body, mind and spirit and watching all that we’ve accomplished has only made us closer. We’re really proud of each other. Inventing 2012 is going to be even better.
P.S. I learned to let myself off the hook for little things like occasionally sleeping in on a Sunday morning.
What does 2011 look like when you tell it from the future?
- 2 Tbs butter
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 leeks, white and pale green parts chopped
- 1 large celery root, peeled and diced
- 3 cups stock
- sea salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp chile powder
- pepper to taste
Melt butter and olive oil in a soup pot. Add leeks and saute until transparent about 5 minutes. Add salt and celery root and stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes or until celery is soft. Run through a food processor to puree and then return to soup pot. Add chile powder and pepper and water if it’s too thick. Enjoy on a cold January night.