I happened across another blogger yesterday who was publishing his top 5 blog posts from 2011. That seemed like an opportunity to reflect and learn, so I decided to do the same. As I did the research, I found five different top 5s that matter to me. So here they are. What a gift this year has been!
Lori’s Top 5
These are my favorite. The first four are my favorite because of what I learned in the group discussions. I suggest skipping past the blog post itself and just reading the discussion that follows it. Lots of “Ah ha!” and “Wow.” moments for me. The 5th one I love just because it is nice to be able to write about my own self-organizing work groups again.
Collective Self core community members’ Top 5
These are the posts that received the most comments and fostered the deepest subsequent discussions and learning within core community members. Thank you peeps!
2. A two-way tie between:
Top 5 most popular posts by volume
This list is based on the sheer number of people who showed up to read Collective Self blog posts in 2011. Thank you community members I haven’t met yet!
Top 5 countries learning here together
Thank you to the people in all 120 countries who showed up here to learn together this year. It’s an honor just to know that you’re here!
1. United States
3. United Kingdom
4. The Netherlands
5. Canada (just edging out Austrailia this year)
Top 5 best things that happened to Lori in 2011 thanks to this community
1. New friends who are growing dearer to my heart by the day. Ali, Bas, Cathy, Diane, Doug, Kare, Neil, and Tim, you are the greatest gifts.
2. Getting to work with Bas and Ali (in distant lands) and with Doug, Cathy, Neil, Tim, and Diane (here at home).
3. Learning to listen more and to receive everything with gratitude. I’m still working on that “gratitude the very moment it happens” part.
4. A tie between co-publishing my first ever eBook with Doug and visiting the Occupy Seattle tent city with Doug.
5. Daniel and I receiving the idea to transform our back rental cottage into a community meeting and learning space. Woo hoo!
So thank you, thank you, and thank you. My family receives so much from this community that it’s almost unbelievable to me as an individual. Thanks to this community I am more content with who I am and what I do (Daniel’s observation), I have become a believer in the impossible, and I have a deep faith in humanity as a whole. I wish for you all the best in 2012 or whatever year it’s becoming for you this year!