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  • I often walk the Eastbank Esplanade at lunch, clearing my mind as I briefly disconnect from the digital world. No matter how many times I walk it, it's always new. The sky. The water. The people.

    Yes, I often see the same people running, walking, thinking as well. But if you allow yourself to take in the air, the light, the familiar can delight. On some days there's just drab gray clouds intersecting with concrete stained with years of exhaust fumes and weather. But today the monochromatic gray sky gave way to a dramatic cloud pattern reaching overhead and reflecting on the still, muddy river.

    In fact, it made the river beautiful.

    Clouds like these can make you feel small. You realize how fragile and temporary you are as the wind erases this pattern, shifting the light before I get to the Hawthorne bridge. By the time I return to the office, the clouds have merged back to gray, the light dissipating. Yet small doesn't mean insignificant.

    Back to my computer I arrive, once again settling quickly into the new year. All of our metrics are reset to zero. Our successes erased so that we can build new ones. And achieve goals more ambitious than the prior year. So it goes year after year. And that's why it's so important to take in the small details that create a rich life. Happy New Year!
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