Make 2012 “The Gift at the Moment of Opening It”

One of my all-time favorite books is “An American Childhood” by Annie Dillard. This vibrant memoir, which celebrates Dillard’s 1950’s childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, captures the exuberance and wonderment of a child on the brink of self-discovery.

Over the years, I have returned to one passage in the book often, and every time, I am awed by Dillard’s masterful description of a child’s entry into consciousness, of a child who for the first time becomes aware of the difference “between seeing and knowing you see, between being and knowing you be.”

Dillard compares her own memory of this moment of transition—this moment at the edge of self-awareness—as “the gift at the moment of opening it.” Crossing that threshold into wakefulness of one’s self is the opening of the gift of one’s potential. From that moment forward, we become consciously aware not only of what our place in the world is, but also filled with expectation of what it can be.

As 2012 begins, we all find ourselves at various moments of transition. We have before us the gift of a New Year, essentially unopened and unexamined in these first few early days of January, but certainly full of potential and expectation.

We wish you peace and prosperity in 2012, and much happiness with the many gifts the New Year brings.

More New Year’s Columns By Kelly Scanlon

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Finding Strength in the Unknown

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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