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Relax. Reflect. Renew.

We’re halfway through January 2012. Take a moment and let that sink in. What has the first two weeks of the new year been like for you? Was it the same mad rush it was towards the end of last year? Did you enjoy the last fourteen days or did they whizz by in a flurry of activity? Did you do anything that made you extremely happy? Did you tell your family or your special someone how much you love them? Did you take time to be?

I’m asking myself these questions too. Ruminating, introspecting and analyzing how I’ve spent the first fourteen days of this year. 2011 went by so quickly and what a year it was! The global economy was shaken, Osama bin Laden was killed, political power went from the hands of autocrats to common people like you and me, Twitter trumped Facebook, Anna Hazare sparkled and then faded, the global population reached 7 billion, legends like Dev Anand passed on and star babies were born – there were so many major milestones and turning points that will go down in the annals of our history.

But my question to you (and me) is this. How many personal victories did you win? How many private losses did you incur? In an entire year that went by in such a flash, do you have a list of personal milestones?

Is 2012 going to end the same way 2011 did? Or are you going to be accountable to yourself this year? I know this may sound clichéd but, take time out from your busy schedules (it is possible, if you try), take up a new hobby, reflect on past decisions, renew old friendships, read, relax, rejoice in the good times and the tough times too. Renew all those promises you made to yourself while you watched the New Year dawn and then keep to them – make 2012 count and start today!

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