We are coming to the close of 2014 and the end of year presents a natural transition, a good time to pause and reflect on the year gone by as you look forward to the next.
You probably already have a way to do this, but if you need some inspiration here’s my list of favourite end year lists that you could try.
- Gratitude list. Here have all the things you are grateful for, and it doesn’t have to be ‘big’ things
- Appreciation list – I reserve this for all the people who in one way or another have loved me, kept me going, told me some hard truths, helped me see things differently, made me laugh or laughed with me, walked with me and held my hand, inspired me from near or far.
- Accomplishment list – you have achieved something this year. Make a list of all the things you got done, especially those that you doubted you could, and those that marked a turning point for you, or for someone else.
- Letting go list – for things that take up precious positive energy and give nothing in return, for commitments that no longer old meaning for you, pains that continue to hurt because you keep them alive,
- Wish list – yes, for things that you would like to accomplish next year, for your dreams and your plans.
You could also do the wheel of life exercise, one of my favourite reflections.
However you choose to make the transition, my you cherish and appreciate your accomplishments, as you learn from the challenges and roadblocks you have faced. May you release what needs releasing, and embrace what makes you stronger. May you look forward with eagerness, and backwards with gratitude and appreciation.
The Poet T. S Eliot said “last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”
Here’s to a New Year, a new voice and another chance.