Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best day of the year! (so far)

What better way to greet the new year than to enjoy a sunny day of powder skiing at Ski Santa Fe?
Life could be worse...  The only thing that would have made the day better would have been to get home to a nice hot tub overlooking Santa Fe and its mountains.  Soon come.
The first day of the year is always a time of introspection for me, when I formulate unexpressed mental resolutions for life improvements.
I find it very propaedeutic to clear the brain-slate before embarking into new year ruminations.  And skiing does just that for me.  Nothing resets my mind better than letting gravity do its thing across white gradients, with bursts of intense physical and mental presence, followed by meditative ascents in a panoramic chair.
Steve and I will be conducting a series of "Tesuque Rounds" starting tomorrow afternoon, which I expect will yield a strategic plan for the development of City Knowledge in 2013 before we all leave on January 11 to drive up to Denver for the JS.geo conference on geospatial javascript.  I will be flying back to WPI for the first Santa Fe preparation class directly from Denver on Sunday, January 13.  Lots do do before then!  Wrapping up the Venice projects and firming up the Santa Fe ones in just 10 days...  I hope this doesn't interfere with my skiing!

The start of the New Year is traditionally a time to look at the stars for inspiration and soothsaying, no matter what calendar you go by.  Apparently, the 52nd year of my life is also the 6th year of my numerological cycle, and soon it will be the fourth year since the last Year of the Ox in the chinese calendar, just as all of humanity enters the 14th baktun of the Mayan long count...  A lot to digest!

Regardless of the predictions, I will continue to take life one day at a time... and today was by far best day yet this year so far.
The diviners seem to hint at many more good days in the year ahead for this leonine ox.

I have a good feeling about 2013, somehow.  I hope you do too.

I wish that the whole world will become more antifragile this year.
My personal antifragility resolution is to stop smoking (again) and thus be a model for Nick and Cino.  I have other less mundane resolutions than this trite (but true) one as I am sure you all do as well.
Let all our resolutions come to pass!

Bonne année et bonne santé!

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