Year End Reflections

December 27, 2018

The last week of December is a great time to focus on year end reflections. It’s a time to contemplate the past twelve months and consider where you desire to be during the coming new year.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is always the time I put aside to catch up on a few tasks, and prepare for what I plan to accomplish after January 1st.

As well, it has always been a period of generous downtime for me wherein I simply allow my thoughts to wander over the events and experiences of the past year. In the process of reminiscing, I will often ask myself what I learned from a specific encounter or occurrence. Then, rather than trying hard to come up with an answer, I just let it go.

It is in the process of remembering what has transpired, asking myself what I learned, and then letting go and moving on, that answers begin to surface.

Sometimes no answer will come with respect to a specific event, and that’s okay. Often, though, an answer may surface hours, days or even weeks later, when I am ready to receive it and take heed of the message.

I believe this process is part of what’s called ‘personal growth’.

With all the tragedies and terrifying things that are going on in our world today, I often hear people asking what they can do. The level of confusion and frustration in their questioning is often quite high.

No one individual can correct all the problems taking place in the world. However, our world will change for the better when each of us – every individual person – changes for the better themselves, bit by bit.

From the moment we are born, we are learning. Once our formal education is completed, it is up to each of us to continue the process of learning and growing; hopefully for the better.

As each individual of our Earth’s  7.7 billion (and growing) population takes on the challenge of learning from the past, and preparing well for the future, then this planet will become a safer, healthier and more peaceful place to live.

Here are a couple of quotes to help you ponder your year end reflections.

 “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing him/herself.”  Leo Tolstoy

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May 2019 be a healthy, happy, aware and prosperous year for you.

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