I have been trying to find the right word to sum up the gift that 2005 has been for me, and I have finally settled on kamaha‘o.
As with most Hawaiian words, kamaha‘o has multiple meanings in English. When something is kamaha‘o it is wonderful and wondrous, astonishing and surprising, marvelous and remarkable, and incomprehensible in a way that is peaceful and right.
‘Incomprehensible’ is perfectly fine, for that which is kamaha‘o needs no explanation, it is simply everything good, a blessing not to be questioned. It is one you live in thankfulness for by being worthy and good yourself.
2005 has definitely been the year of the blog, and I feel so fortunate that I somehow arrived in this playground of learning and virtual community camaraderie. Never would I have imagined what Talking Story, our monthly Ho‘ohana, and our Ho‘ohana Community would come to mean in my life. This blog has been an ever-abundant artesian well of nourishing refreshment and replenishment, a rejuvenation of my spirit, and a source of continual energy and optimism. Who knew? A blog as a bounty of aloha!
In being your mea ho‘okipa here and writing Talking Story I have gained so much, perhaps most of all the tremendous joy one feels in giving and in serving. As expressed in a favorite saying,
This will be my last post for Talking Story in 2005. During Ho‘omaha we at Say Leadership Coaching are on sabbatical; we invest in our personal well-being, and we give as much of ourselves as possible to our ‘ohana, our families.
In 2005 I added monthend recaps to Talking Story, and it was very challenging for me to write this post in a way that would adequately sum up and recap the year. In the end I decided I will let you do your own exploring here in these next few weeks the blog remains your ever ready and willing servant.
- Scroll down the right side column to visit the Ho‘ohana Archives and the six different Lōkahi forum which includes the just-published Hō‘ike’ike of Management and Leadership.
- Visit www.ManagingWithAloha.com and check out the Book Buzz there. That is also where you will find the index to the articles I have written for Lifehack.org.
- Do the blog crawl and ho‘omaika‘ika‘i — go visiting with the rest of the community.
As I had offered you last December, what follows within this article are the Top 24 Talking Story posts of the year out of 509 I have written, to provide you with some leisurely reading until we start anew in January.
These represent your selections, not mine, for they arrived in this place of honor by merit of your visits, pieced together from the item stats I can gather in TypePad, StatCounter, and FeedBurner. If I were to choose my own favorites the list would differ, and therein may be the most humbling lesson of blogging: you can write something you think is brilliant or witty, but ultimately the reader decides when you are at your best!
These are listed in order of the date in which they first appeared, for they reveal the unfolding of our year together when seen chronologically – if part of your own ho‘ohana this year you will remember these markers too! I have also included their popularity rank in the Top 24. The top 5 are bolded so you can pick them out easily. See if your favorites are here, and which others surprise you too!