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2017 Reflections and Holiday Wishes

December 14, 2017 by Jonathan Gilburg

It has been a long time since I have communicated on this platform.  I want to share a few reflections regarding this past year and the Holiday Time we are headed into.

There has been a lot of transition and change in my world and my work.  I imagine others feel the same.  It is as if the ground I once took for granted is starting to shift, change, move, and be less trustworthy.  I am reminded of the feeling of walking down a flight of stairs in the dark—cautiously probing for the next landing. 

This year has left me unsettled and relieved.  It is unsettling to not know what I will discover as I seek clarity in new relationships, new fields of work, new societal norms.  And there is a sense of relief as I deepen my relationships, and experiment with work that is gratifying and meaningful.  And I sense something important and complex as our society shifts.  There seems to be a greater hunger for knowing and sharing what is true.  I am curious about how that might change the conversations I have with people. 

As I head into a time where connection with family and community is primary, I have profound gratitude for the people who are a part of my community, my village, my family.  I am awed by the beauty and messiness of our collective story.  I don't want to take for granted the incredible gifts I have received through my engagement with the people closest to me.  They are the landing upon which I can trust my full weight. 

And for you, I hope you find meaningful connection with your people and a sense of gratitude for all of your gifts. 

I am curious to see what 2018 has in store for us!