Friday, December 30, 2005


Few weeks ago I decided that I needed some time off. 2005 was a tremendous frantic and emotional year. It was my best working year ever. Let me start to say that I had my fair share of mistakes this year as well:-)

I visited Turkey and India this year, Germany, France, Luxemburg and Spain many times, had the time of my life and great in-depth experiences (and a frequent flyer upgrade:-) Had to work my nuts of to achieve the bonus. Got the best grades for an education that I ever received (used to be more the drop-out type). Was nominated CIO of the year, because of that invited to speech at several conferences and doubled Company Me's market value. Was invited to a lot of network diners, met great people and doubled my love handles too:-) Started getting addicted to blogging and met some wonderful "digital" rays of light.

Finally I turned out to be on the very edge of a major burn-out in the third quarter as well. I am changing a few bad habbits now so I'll be allright next year!

Few things I did not do:
Didn't buy the plasma screen home video set while standing at the counter with the credit card in my hand. Didn't buy the Breitling Pilot's watch that I saved for for many years but we spend some money on second hand furniture and am wearing my sons Mickey Mouse watch.

I didn't quit the current job for major salary improvement after being called by headhunters. In fact I am improving my record number of days with this company every day since I have been kind of a job hopper in the past.

It took me 36 years but somehow I truly believe that I am finally on a very interesting road now. Pure feelings will no longer be benumbed. Shells are and will be casted and new fields of interest will be explored. I feel peaceful and confident.

To all my blogfriends I say: Thank you very, very much for your beautiful, compassionate, profound and warm-hearted comments and your inspiring personal blogs.

I wish you all a lot of humor, love and compassion for 2006,



Lisa said...

Same to you, Dimitri, and all the best for 2006!

Lesley said...

Happiest of New Year to you!

Pirate said...

Happy New year frequent flyer. When in Oregon look me up.

MARYBETH said...

Wishing you the Joy and enthusiasm that Scrooge experinced...

"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"
N a m a s t e,

Gary said...

Here's to a fine 2006 for you too Dimitri. You are awakening to yourself and to what matters most (while doing your duty in the world) - I like that! Keep sharing your learnings... for you and for us.

Lindsay Lobe said...

Best wishes for 2006.

Sounds as if 2005 was a great year for you and congratulations on achieving those milestones.

My only advice to you in 2006, is to contunue to smell the flowers along the way !. By that I mean continue to work smart,but dont overwork !!
I remember the MD for Microsoft here in Australia some time ago making a comment "when Bill Gates comes across to Australia he's never interested in how many hours a week I work" !!
But he is interested in what progress we are making.

I think I only work about 35-40 hrs max per week and often take time off for the really important things in my life, like watching my children compete at school sports etc

Best wishes

Vee said...

I've vowed to make this year a productive year for me. 2005 has been a blur and much wasted and rather than wallowing in regret and guilt, I'll look to the light and move forward. :) Hope you had a good time bringing in the New Year.

DA said...

Lisa, Lesley and Pirate--Thank you, I will visit you soon digitally..

Marybeth--Thank you, Scrooge seems happy enough reading those words. I'll go for that!

Gary--Thank you, I will share as much as possible :-)

Lindsay-- Thank you and point well taken !

Vee--Thank you, I wish you a focussed and constructive 2006!