On 2009

I’m not a religious person by any stretch. I am a spiritual person and I have been very blessed this year in particular.

As the year now winds down to a close, it’s hard for me to focus on the best of anything in 2009 because so much and so many were so wonderful me.  It’s also hard to write what’s going to sound like a love letter to Twitter, but credit must be given where due.  So as much as I’m saying thank you, I’m laying the foundation for whatever comes next in 2010.  Because in spite of how trying this year has been with the economic downturn… this may have been the best year of my adult life and it’s about to get a whole lot better in 2010.

Twitter is a transformational medium that has changed my life completely from before its presence in my everyday.

There is absolutely no way I could have the voice I have, had the ideas I’ve generated this year, made the friends I’ve made and actualized in so many parts of my “real” life had there been no efficient and truly effective means of “jacking in” to such wonderfully bright, funny and caring people around the world.

You know who you are.  Thank you.  THANK YOU.  With all of my heart, soul and faculties, thank you.

You encourage me when I need empathy.  You challenge me when I need growth.  You focus me when I’m too broad and electrify me when I need to move out of stasis.  My friends — my personal learning network (PLN) — you’ve done far more than help my career path or teach me something new or distract me with new shiny objects to turn a sour hour around — you’ve helped me become an actualized person.

Not fully-actualized (I need to do something about getting my pauch in shape); but confident, comfortable and intellectually restless and honestly humbled to an extent simply not possible without you being part of my day, everyday.

It’s hard for me to separate the professional from the personal growth this year, because they have truly been one and the same.  I found a public presence that is in harmony with a private identity, not distinct from it.  I grew beyond being an E-Learning developer into an architect of strategy.  I took risks — big career risks that could’ve devoured me — and things worked out.  I began to learn how to collaborate, what it means to truly lead by serving others, how to consult and how to have fun doing it.

I hope it’s fairly transparent to you all, but through your feedback and enthusiasm and support, I’m learning humility.  I’m learning to ask for help when I need it.  I’m learning that helping others is not separate from helping oneself.

The last six months of 2009, especially, have quite possibly been the most profound six months of my life.  Engaging in the pursuit of a path to an experiential web has made me grow intellectually, and the more I’ve invested in this pursuit, the more all parts of my life have come into a sense of “flow.”

I’m holding back on the specifics like names and keyframes for this year.  Look at what I’ve blogged about.  Look at what I’ve tweeted about.

There are significant shifts on my horizon in 2010.  Things are lining up professionally and personally that blow my mind.  Dare I say I get a little misty-eyed.  What is to come could not have been imagined without you.

I only hope that in 2010, I make being connected as valuable for you as you’ve been for me.