_Going into the holidays in December, I received news of the unexpected passing of a dear friend's daughter which knocked me down flat. All of my well-laid plans just didn't seem to matter as much as they had when I made them.
Holiday time filled with activity and people in my home, I was mentally diverted from the reality of this news until about New Year's when my body started to cave in again and I couldn't get out of bed for a couple of days.
So started this year with a feeling of general malaise and fatigue and no clear idea of what was happening until I saw my friend and we spoke for the first time since the tragedy in December.
After seeing him and consciously sharing his grief and loss, I realized I had been experiencing much of what he had been experiencing. My heart and body knew even though we weren't in direct communication. My mind was bypassed in the process until my eyes met his.
Through this, there has been great learning of love and loss and a reawakening of a creative part of myself I had put aside.
Alot of what I engaged in during 2011 didn't feel as real or important as it did before. I was tired of hearing about grandiose schemes and action plans, anything where I felt the mind was trying to control, manipulate and/or force outcomes.
So, while there would be the temptation to talk about big changes afoot in 2012, the personal responsibility you have as leaders to create the future, or even the usual new year's wishes, I decided to be real about how it's been for me.
I am following a path one step at a time and when inspiration strikes, I will be sharing the stories of certain individuals with you in this interview series. The heart of what is important to me will guide the selection of interviewees.
In 2012, you can expect Leaders' Call to Adventure to focus on those who understand the importance of doing business with reverence and respect for all life - that true sustainability stems from an understanding that humanity is part of the natural world and it is up to us to create a beautiful thriving future on this planet.
_The first interview of the year will be with herpetologist Tim Shields who has studied the desert tortoise for 34 years.
Tim is currently writing a book about his career entitled "Tortoise Time".
In this interview, you will find out what the longest surviving creatures on Earth can teach us so we humanity may enjoy this sort of longevity as a species.
I believe we can rise to our personal and societal challenges by embracing the spirit of adventure and the enduring wisdom of nature.