Reminiscences of 2015 and Bucket list for 2016
Today marks the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. As 2015 comes an end, I thought I might as well reflect on it so that I would know what to set out for 2016. Well, personally 2015 has been one of the most fulfilling and satisfying year for me. One thing I have learned is to ignore the negative criticism to live a happy and contended life. I have realized that how people treat me is their ‘Karma’ but how I react is my ‘Karma.’ So I have learned not to react to negative people but instead deal with them proactively.
I had set out a challenge to read and review 20 books by 11 November 2015 but I could read only 15 books and do 13 book reviews. Even though I could not reach my goal, I am glad I got at least near to it. I attended almost every session in the Mountain Echoes whenever time permitted me and especially did not miss the ones conducted after the office hours. I bought several books and got them autographed by the authors present during the Mountain Echoes-2015.
I got invited to do a presentation on reading and also to organize the reading sessions at the Camp RUF (Rural-Urban Friendship) in order to inspire our youth to develop good reading habits. I shared my personal journey with reading and how reading impacts our lives. Even if I had impacted one person, it would still be a huge achievement for me. More than anything the Camp made me feel so good surrounded by lots of young, energetic and positive energies. There is so much we can learn from each other. I applaud Tenzin, Tim and the team Camp RUF for many beautiful experiences they are providing to our youth.
I donated several books from my collections to my son’s and daughter’s schools to help them build their libraries. I contributed books to the book café in Dorokha hoping that young and old alike would take to reading. I also worked very closely with Ms. Tashi Paydey Tshering and Druk Asia in doing book drives and this time the books were gifted to the campers at Camp RUF as well as to remote Nimtola Primay School in Dagana. We also donated shoes to the remote Chimuna community under Phuentsholing Dungkhag. The books and shoes had come all the way from Singapore and donated by Clementi High School. I have realized that much happiness comes in giving back to the community and helping the less fortunate ones to rise.
I tried becoming a citizen volunteer after my office hours and during weekends and holidays. One of them is being a part of the Community of Bhutanese Bloggers where I not only attended the conferences and bloggers meet but also did presentation on Leadership of the SELF.
As a part of being a citizen volunteer I participated in the Bhutan Urgent Run organized by the Bhutan Toilet Organisation where in I coordinated in cleaning six public toilets in Thimphu. Not many people would want to clean the poops of other people. But we did and we got one of the greatest satisfactions to be able to present to our people with clean public toilets. As a citizen volunteer I also participated as a panelist during the International Day of Human Rights where I spoke on ‘Civic Rights and Duties.’
2015 saw the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on 11 November where in for the first time after my college, I danced in the open ground with 107 other ladies from all walks of life. It was a special tribute dance and it was so much fun practicing and performing at Changlimithang. It connected me to many bold and beautiful ladies and we had a wonderful closing dinner hosted by Ashi Bidha and graced by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
Being Desuup is also being a citizen volunteer. I participated in social services organized by the Desuung Office whenever I was around in the town. Being a part in each of these communities has given me lots of new friends both young and old. My social circle has increased and I gained greater circle of influence. I joined my fellow Desuups to orange our neighbourhood with a walk to eliminate violence against women and girls to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women coordinated by RENEW.
On the family front, I led a very beautiful and peaceful relationship with my kids, a good understanding providing space to each other with my husband and my kith and kin.
On the professional front, I fared well in the interpersonal and intra-personal relationships with my supervisors, subordinates, colleagues and whatever has been targeted for has been on track. I remained open to ideas, suggestions and always used proactive languages than reactive ones.
On the whole 2015 has given me so much with many beautiful memories to cherish. What more can I ask for? With much happiness and gratitude, I bid fare well to 2015 and I am now ready to welcome 2016 with the same spirit if not more.
My bucket list for 2016:
1. Read and review 20 books starting January 1.
2. Visit Merak, Sakten, Gasa, Laya and Lingshi. (I believe in knowing our country first before embarking on a foreign trip.)
3. Do more book drives and help some schools in developing hostel libraries.
4. Volunteer in every social services whenever I am around.
5. Keep my blog updated on a continuous basis.
6. Be a proactive member in the Desuung family.
7. Contribute more and quality book reviews on the READRIGSS webpage and Desuung webpage.
8. Listen to more music.
9. Be friends to my two kids and hubby.
10. Keep in touch with old friends while I make more new friends.
11. Finally take off for a month long vacation which I never did till now.