Happy New Year

January 7, 2011

Where did 2010 go? 

Not that long ago….. I was sitting on the beach, reading a book, drinking a Bloody Mary and letting the water run up over my toes.

Each year seems to fly by faster and faster.

2010 was a pretty great year.  We had some very memorable moments in the Hutchinson household:

Our eldest son George IV got married in 2010 and he and his wife Caroline are now expecting George Henry Hutchinson V….. (G 5)…. in early to mid-January. Five generations of George Henrys. Can it get any better than that!!!!!

Our second son Brenton, bought his first house in 2010 and got engaged last summer. I guess that first time homebuyer incentive really put a bug in his ear (or maybe it was Meghan). A June 2012 wedding is in the works.

After 27 months living in Peru and serving in the Peace Corp, our little girl Elizabeth came home in the beginning of August. It is quite a treat having her back on US soil, soaking up that vibrant Hutchinson smile. She wasted no time in finding a great job and has just bought her first new car. Don’t get in her way, she is on a tear!

Our youngest son Grant is in mid stride of his junior year at Temple, where he is a film major. Over the past 3 years he has written, filmed and starred in several short films, all have been great. Besides that, he has a budding musical career, writing and performing songs with his band. Slowly making inroads to the Phila. music and film scene.

Janet and I have both been blessed. We will admit it. We are proud of all our children. They done good and made us proud.

My Pop always said that he was careful when bragging about his kids, for they always end up doing something that would kick him in the arss.

How could he possibly say that about me? I am sticking to my story.

With 2011 now in bloom, I will be going away this weekend for my 29th retreat in Malvern, PA.

My father invited up to Malvern right after our first child was born. He asked me if I would like to go on a retreat with him in January.  I said, “What is a retreat?”  Always the coy…. He says, “Why don’t we go and find out.”

I must say, it has changed my life.

We always find ourselves living on the go……Always doing…..

Where’s my to do list?

Let’s see…..

First, I ‘ll do this….

 then I can do that….

and that will give me time to get this done

 and then I’ll rest.

The problem is that by the time you get to the rest part, you have already started another list.

Blackberry in hand and you are going……

fielding calls, replying to emails, setting appointments….go, go, go!!!

We are always doing and never taking the time

To just stop and listen……

Going on retreat the first weekend of each year presents the time to just stop….

And Reflect……

What activities, circumstances and events have brought me to where I am today?

What gifts or talents have I been given?

Have I used and developed these gifts or talents?

Has it been only for  my benefit?

Or was I willing to share?

What have you achieved?

Would you have done something or anything differently?

What do you see in your mind’s eye for 2011?

What am I looking to achieve?

What can I  do better?

What are we looking to pass onto the next generation?

These are things we keep pushing out,

because they are too personal and they do not fit on our to do list.

I am not trying to be preachy….

These are questions we are uncomfortable with, for we start to measure our self.

I know, I know……

I am my own worst critic,

Just don’t hold me accountable.

Going on retreat, you find yourself sharing the weekend with those looking to address the same questions.

Beside the quiet time to reflect,

You will also share great conversations and insights.

It has been thru these retreats that I have grown.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you who are not just clients or associates but…..

Friends.

Thru your friendships’ I have grown, which inspires me to do more in 2011.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!!!!

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