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One thing about reflecting back at the past year, it does make you think and define what your like has been.  In my way, I reflected back in terms of “Defining Success in 2010“.   It certainly is a good way of looking back at things, especially with the economic times bringing folks to all down low in morale and spirits that seem to damper one’s own perspective, unless you do look at the positives that occurred throughout the year.

In shifting gears, one then thinks what are the resolutions that I am going to make for this year.  I’m preferring to take the stance upon “What is my focus/theme going to be for 2011?”  Taking into consideration the projects that I’ve begun in 2010, I think it is only appropriate that we then take a look at, perhaps, a perspective in “Connecting the Dots“.

It’s so fitting, when you think about it.

One of my projects is the survivors’ show on called BEYOND WORDS LIVE.  While it isn’t reaching over 10,000 listeners at this point in time (in fact, it only reached a little more than 1,000 listeners), it is at a starting point and ready to take the next leap.  I’m taking the “Connecting the Dots” theme/focus into consideration of lining up of the the shows with survivors and survivor related guests stories and topics, as well as going to take a look at “connecting the dots” to figure out ways to further expand the listener base, even if I have to utilize more than one platform to do so.  

One of the other projects I started on is a show called BEYOND WCHS LIVE! which is a showcasing of students that went to Churchill and encasing their journey from high school years through today.  Actually, it is a means of “connecting the dots” by way of providing a platform to reach students in/out of San Antonio and students in/out of Texas for that matter to a recording platform for them to tell their story.  Once collected, we‘re going to further “connect the dots” so that their voiced recordings can be linked up and heard on the Alumni page that is in process of being developed.

In fact, we‘re “connecting the dots” further through getting high school friends together that haven’t seen one another in years (sometimes decades) through monthly luncheons, planning committees, a WCHS group on FB, networking in the WCHS group about jobs, meetups, and more.  It has been interesting to see the growth in that group and looking forward to how many more dots that we can connect.

I’m on the theme committee at work and I am going to suggest that we have this “Connecting the dots” theme there for us as well; however, I am planning to utilize it as my personal work theme as I answer each call (whether or not the entire theme team will agree with me).  It just can serve as a reminder to take a look at the the fine details of the calls receive and strive to “connecting the dots” with all of their needs; as well as a reminder for my own “connecting the dots” insofar as my own wellness to be able to continue taking one crisis call after another at times.  Our organization takes in over 1000 calls a day from all over the United States—sometimes, even from Sri Lanka, Japan, England, Germany, Saudia Arabia, and many other countries.  Sometimes problem solving can be quite challenging at times since everyone’s situation can be and is very different from another but we‘re always trying to “connect the dots“.

Insofar as my own family, after my Uncle died in 1984, we stopped having a lot of family reunions between the families.  I’d love to to see that we strive harder towards “connecting the dots” between the families so that we remain in touch with one another.  I’ve been working hard to reconnect as many family members as possible.  Hopefully, we can have us meeting together once again, even if it is at the cabin at Texas Folklife Festival this year. ;)  Just an idea.

I think "connecting the dots" is so important among relationships - whether it is among friends or family. It brings stronger ties and strengthens bonds. In working on causes, like I am often doing, "connecting the dots" enables us to reach greater heights with our causes and keep each group of us from re-inventing the wheel. There are many causes out there that are really working towards a single goal of perhaps human rights or victim rights, etc. There's no such reason why we can't all think a little smarter, pool our resources together, and problem solve from a massive concern/need to a solution that resolves the conflict and brings us all closer to peace throughout the world - which ultimately, we are all striving towards, aren't we?

Okay.  Stepping down from my “soap box” this morning.

I do hope that each and every one of you are planning to have a safe and happy New Year’s this evening and open your eyes to a much better New Year tomorrow morning.

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