2015: Find Your Way Home

December 28, 2014

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This photographic image called Laneway Home* was taken on a side road north of Newmarket, Ontario. It was shot after an early snowfall in 2013, on the ride back from selecting my new Havanese puppy, Roxxy. It’s been a year since we drove her from her birthplace up north to her Toronto home. This year she celebrated the holiday season with family at my daughter’s new home and traveled home with us to my parent’s place on Christmas Day. She relished jumping on and around my son who was home for the holidays.

Home has always been a favourite subject among poets (you’ll find a recent discovery below). It’s a word steeped in deep meaning, however we define it. The December into early January holiday season with its long-held traditions and extended time off for many, brings the word home into sharp focus.

I chose Laneway Home as my 2015 New Year Self-Directed Leader image because it helps describe my thoughts and wishes for readers of this blog for the upcoming New Year.

I am personally defining home not as a physical place, but as a state of being where we are most at one with ourselves. It’s where we feel we can make our greatest contribution by simply being who we really are, and continually acting out of that trusted, safe place. On the winding lane way, even though we may not yet see it, we are nearly home. We feel it, sense it, know it.

Obviously, corporate leadership requires us to be driven problem solvers, effectively meeting objectives in our everyday roles. This mandate goes without saying.

But my wish for all of you in 2015 is that you find new ways to live out your roles being your full, authentic self: that you come to know your self better, being eager to ever expand your current definition of self and leader, and find more meaning and joy in the work you do by connecting it to what really matters to you. Home.

If you’re up for what I consider to be a highly important activity for finding your way home in 2015— year end self-reflection— here are a few questions to start you off:

  1. When/in what situations did I feel most at home, most aligned with myself at work in 2014?
    a. Where can I create more of those situations in 2015?
  2. When/in what situations did I feel most uncomfortable and least at home with myself?
    a. Why was that?
    b. What can I do to increase my comfort in 2015?
  3. Besides making a living, why else do I work?
    a. How do I build personal meaning and fulfillment into the work I do?
  4. In what areas did I grow last year, personally and professionally and as a leader?
    a. On a 1-10 scale, how satisfied am I with my growth?
    b. In what 2-4 areas do I look forward to learning and growing in 2015?
  5. What 3-5 things did 2014 bring that I am most grateful for?
    a. Who was or might have been grateful for my being in their world in 2014?
    b. Who/what, in addition, do I want to help, support, contribute to in 2015?

Journey Home by Rabindranath Tagore

The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.

I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light, and pursued my
voyage through the wildernesses of worlds leaving my track on many a star and planet.

It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself,
and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.

The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own,
and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said `Here art thou!’

The question and the cry `Oh, where?’ melt into tears of a thousand
streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance `I am!’

I wish each of you a most satisfying New Year and success in finding your way home.

Happy Monday and Happy New Year!

Warmest regards,


*Annie DeMilo is a childhood name I use for my art photography.

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