It has been a while since I have written in this space. Certainly not for lack of desire to write, but as happens to so many of us, life gets in the way.

This post is more personal than educational. While the year featured my first ever ISTE conference, and while I have learned so much, I need to reflect a bit here on this last day of 2011. So bear with me and read on!

In many ways, this has been a challenging personal year.  The most significant event was the end of my marriage.  The year started with the awareness that life was going to change dramatically.  And it has.  The groundless nature of 2011 for me has of course, caused pain, but has brought strength.

The strength has come from family, friends, and colleagues. It has come from reflection and prayer. It has come from a mindful awareness that this is my life, and I need to live it.

I don’t know where I would be without my family, who has helped me, driven me, listened to me, (even when I am sure I was repeating myself) and loving me. From dry cleaning to endless trips to the supermarket, they have been there.

My friends have been incredible. The amount of rides they have given me cannot be counted. The endless stories they have listened to shows the great patience that they have. They have seen me anxious, sad, peaceful, stressed, energized, disconnected, hyper connected, tense, fun, and happy. And some of that was all in one day!

So here we stand on the edge of a new year. And while I have learned that the present moment is truly all that we have, I will take a chance and think about the future.

2011 has been tough for me. But it has also been a learning experience, and I have made some great new friends in the process. So here goes.

I start the year with an open mind and heart. I want to work to show compassion and kindness in all that I do. I want to do whatever I can to bring peace to others. I truly want to be grateful, aware, and patient. I want to be present to every conversation and situation.

While I still feel pretty groundless, I am peaceful. I am also hopeful. I look forward to the great possibilities that the New Year brings personally and professionally. I truly believe that the great way that the year is ending for me will continue, so I am very curious and open to the newness of a new year.

So if you are still reading, thank you. I plan on writing here more frequently, and I am sure that some educational reflection will be here soon.

Happy New Year to you. I wish you Peace, Happiness, and God’s blessings.

Of course, you are welcome to leave a comment.

Peace.

 

 



4 Comments so far

  1.    Karen Massaro on December 31, 2011 5:39 pm      

    This is beautifully written Ed, your words brought peace to my heart as I read them.. You are a very talented man!

  2.    Ed Allen on December 31, 2011 6:36 pm      

    Karen, thanks for stopping by and for your very kind comment. And i am glad that you found the post helpful.

  3.    Lani on January 2, 2012 9:51 am      

    Ed,
    That all of us should have such wonderful aspirations and be able to articulate them as well as you:

    “I start the year with an open mind and heart. I want to work to show compassion and kindness in all that I do. I want to do whatever I can to bring peace to others. I truly want to be grateful, aware, and patient. I want to be present to every conversation and situation.”

    Looking forward to reading your posts,
    Lani

  4.    Ed Allen on January 2, 2012 10:05 am      

    Lani thank you. I hope to be writing more soon both here and on VFLR. Looking forward to reading your book!

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