Before this year slips away, take a moment to pause and list all of the wonderful things that have occurred in your personal world. First sigh and “Breathe, you are alive!,” as Thich Nhat Hanh says.
Take out a pad and pen and do an inventory. Leave no stone unturned. If you keep a journal or a daily calendar, review the year of 2016 as you take one month at a time.
- Did you work? If so, what were some of your personal successes on the job? Were there any verbal or monetary accolades?
- Did you have good relationships with family, friends and coworkers? Did you acquire any new friends or add any new names to your professional network?
- Did you decide to end some relationships to make room for more positive acquaintances? If so, that is a good thing. New good will rush in to fill that vacuum.
- Did you enjoy the arts? Did you see or attend any art shows, plays, concerts or other big outdoor venues? Which ones stick out in your mind?
- Did you go to any sports games? They may have simply been local matches or they may have been big league games in baseball, football, hockey or soccer. Which games were most memorable?
- How were your finances? Did you have a prosperous year? Are you ending the year in the black or in the red? What can you do to change your circumstances in the upcoming year?
- And how is your health? Are you facing some hidden condition that you had not dealt with? Are you ready to let that error surface so that it can be eradicated? You definitely want to start 2017 in a more healthy state.
Jot down these things as you go through your notes from the year. See that you have been shown many degrees of mercy. Take nothing for granted and give thanks for even the smallest bits of grace!
Get ready for the New Year and a newer you. Label the year as a success because you are still here, alive, alert and paddling your own canoe!
Lynn M. December 27, 2016