So we have come to the end of this year. I knew the year would pass at a speed I was still trying to put a handle on. It has. Yet looking at the 12 months, it has been a ride. I laughed and cried. I was happy and unhappy. If there was a camera, and I was playing a role in this movie called ‘2012’, I can say I have played an active role.
There are, of course, lessons to be learned. The lessons this year are quite different from the past. My main lesson is fully understanding what it means to do the right thing. It is tougher than one thinks. Yet once you get a grip on it, it becomes a more rational and straight forward thing to do, although it is not any easier and you need to be brave and determined.
Along with this lesson, or related to it, is the discipline to let go when you know, for sure, that something is not right. Holding on is not facing up, not having the courage to accept the kind of change that comes with it. But when you do, it opens up new avenues. New windows and lets in light that illuminates new possibilities.
I will remember 2012 as the year I let go of Homerun Asia. A company I founded after leaving Raintreee Pictures. It is a positive feeling of knowing I have tried and done my best and that it was time to put it down. I could move on, even though I did not have concrete plans of what to do next.
I know myself. I will explore and start new initiatives. And now, armed with the lessons learnt, I will go the distance but will know when to stop, reassess, review and restart. This year there is also a newfound feeling in me. The knowledge that whatever happens, it will be alright. I will be ok. The people I love will be fine.
I am starting anew. The world is starting anew. Obama has a new term, China has a new leader. I have made some new year resolutions. To pay more attention to my personal life. Most importantly, to continue my strive to be kinder and more gracious. Happy New Year!
‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not going all the way, and not starting.’ – Buddha