Here we are, once again at the end of the year, looking forward to the Christmas break.
End of year busyness.
Christmas shopping left to the last minute.
Plans made and changed.
Hopes and goals for next year in mind.
For a lot of us, it’s been a REALLY BIG YEAR!!!
When you look back over this year, was it a “good” one or a “disaster”? Did you meet your goals or abandon them half-way through? Did you get everything done or just drift along?
It’s easy, in casual conversation to state, “This year has been aweful! Bring on next year.”
Wait a minute though.
Was it? Really?
I could list (a pretty long list) all the things that went wrong or that were really hard this year – as I’m sure you can! When you look at the list, it’s easy to think, “Oh my God! How did we make it through all of that?”
Just for the sake of balance though, how about making a list of all the good things that happened this year. All the amazing things. All the things that you never expected, the things that crept up and went by unnoticed that left you feeling good about life.
Did you have some trips away? Some friends come to stay? Some beautiful compliments? Some lovely gifts? Some amazing events?
How about the everyday miracles? The laughter with your children? The party that you’re still talking about? The walk that revealed a hidden treasure in the bush? The decluttering that allowed you to give some unwanted things to someone who really needed them?
Or, for me, the almost daily morning swim and catching up with my swimming buddies afterwards.
I found it a really valuable exercise this week, to sit down and go through my diary, listing as many of the “good things” as I could find or think of.
That certainly changed my perspective on this year. It was AMAZING!!
Before you get into all the planning and goal-setting for next year, spend some time appreciating and reflecting on this year. Acknowledge the not so great. Celebrate the good.
Have a wonderful break, whether you stay home or go away.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, a very happy New Year and some time to slow down.
See you in 2018!