Taking a cue from my friend Ian Ybarra, I am going to ask you all for a present. Don't reach for your wallet ... it won't cost a thing.
To quote Ian and substituting my own age:
I only ask that you give me the gift of answering one of these two questions:
1. If you're over 32 (no need to specify your exact age ;-), what was the best thing you did when you were 32 or what one thing do you wish you had done (or done differently) when you were 32?
2. If you are 32 or younger, what's one thing you hope you'll do or do better when you're 32?
I had this idea a couple weeks ago when I was thinking about how most people naturally stop and reflect on the past year/years and the coming year on two days: New Year's Day and their birthday. I thought this might be a neat way to enrich my reflections, especially since I don't get to ask all my friends and family to share their advice and experience as much as I'd like. If it works well, I might make it an annual activity.
If you're curious to know how this little project of mine turns out, let me know and I'll send you a selection of the answers I receive (sources will be kept anonymous, unless they want to be named).
Take a look at some of the responses to Ian's entry ... there a gems of wisdom and touching moments of whimsey amongst his friends. I hope I can inspire some similiarly thoughtful responses here!
If you wish to keep your response private, post as an anonymous comment (it will be screened by default) or email it to me at the usual address.
As for me, I am off to enjoy an impossibly beautiful sunny day with good company and cold beverages.