and so this is Christmas….

… and what have we done, another year over…

No, really, seriously, what have we done??

This is the downside to this time of year. The student work has all been marked and filed away for a fortnight, the classroom’s locked up and everyone goes there merry way for a little while. The self-reflection on achievements (or lack thereof) for the year kicks in.

Now, I’m not going to bore you with my own self reflection but this time of year make me wonder. Time just marches on and on and relentlessly on. It’s 2009 in a few weeks, the end of the first decade of the new century. Back in 2000 did you think you’d be where you are now – and I dont mean up to your elbows in holly and tinsel literally right now.

What’s changed for me is the connectivity. Back in 2000 there was no Facebook or MySpace, no electronic chatrooms. The only people living abroad that I knew were relations or friends who had emigrated. Now, electronic tools keep me in easy touch with the world at large, I’ve got e-friends who have come to be important to me, yet I’ve never actually met them.

What’s next??  What will the next 3 or 5 or 10 years bring?

There you go, something to ponder while you relax after over the few days off work that’s called Christmas.


Posted on December 22, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. No, really, seriously, what have we done??

    I’ve been singing that line to myself all this year.

    What have we done? Well the “we” groups that I’m part of have done loads! “We” bloggers have helped each other at events, have contributed to a book for charity, have been part of a documentary and have supported and encouraged each other. “We” friends have had some great nights and mornings, have been there for each other through good and bad, have arranged gigs, surprises and mad random events. “We” in my family have grown closer, welcoming change both good and bad with a maturity that wasn’t available to each other before. “We” strangers have taken time to write, sent emails, left comments, added on Facebook and twitter, broken down barriers, respected opinions whether we’re cleaners or CEOs. “We” Irish have had to deal with a few big shocks, further education about the country we live in and our responsibilities in all lending a hand to making it a better place and “we” humans have seen environmental changes taking effect, inspiration through leadership, community overcoming despair and the chance for each of us to make a difference, whether by a big action or small.

    2009 offers great opportunities for people to do the best they can, be the best they can and to give whatever they want to try a go. As with every year 🙂 I hope it’s a great one for you!

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