We farewelled 2012 from our new hometown – Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia. The sun set on 31 December 2012 as we walked along the Dripstone Cliffs at Brinkin. The setting of the sun closed the year that had brought such tumultuous changes to our lives.
One of the main things we’ve learned through 2012 has been the importance and extraordinary power of the moment. We’ve become more aware of each moment in time: what it brings, what it offers and how we can respond to it. We’ve been less focussed on the future, because we are painfully aware that the future might not come. We’ve become less focussed on the past because nothing we do now can alter it. We’ve held our plans loosely, allowing ourselves the flexibility to change. Disappointment tends to happen when we harden our plans into fixed ideas. The more rigid they are, the more tendency to shatter rather than to ‘give’ or bend. We tend to set a course now, pick a well defined point on the horizon and steadily work towards it rather than map out each step along the way. There is still a bit of that, but we’re more willing to let our steps meander a bit, as long as we’re still moving towards our goal. I’m glad we’re taking this through to 2013 and I know it will serve us well. The challenge will be to keep this in our hearts and minds and not be distracted by things around us which may steal away our present moments and lull us back into the everyday rat race.