Have a counter-intuitive new year! Wouldn't that be a great salutation for 2016? I'm not dismissing the practice of wishing people a happy, healthy, safe or prosperous new year. But the standard greetings, like any phrase repeated too often, tend to become white noise. Have a counter-intuitive new year -- that's an opening for meaningful conversation or self-reflection.
When I am back home in the evening and as I pick up my two year old and hug my 6-year-old and listen to their day stories with same high energy level as I left home, I get reminded of the thought provoking question that started it all. I would like to thank my mom for steering me towards what matters and for practicing her best advice on giving.