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Reflections and Resolutions (Part 1)

December 29th, 2016 · No Comments

There is a time for everything… and this is the time of year to reflect on the year past and prepare for the year ahead. Spending this week with the kids at home and all the holiday busyness complete I realize that the chapter of 2016 is about to end. There are events to celebrate, projects that need completed and mistakes to learn from. If you desire to glean from your past year, think about asking yourself some of these questions:

  • What new skill or knowledge did I learn?
  • What projects did I complete? What projects still need completed?
  • What were the three most significant events of the year for me?
  • What would I change about last year?
  • How have I changed over the past year?
  • What am I most grateful for?

I found it helpful to reflect on three areas of my life: personal, family, and career. Looking at my notes I can clearly see specific areas that need better balance and investment. Purpose to give the very best of yourself at home and at work. Keep it simple, be present when you are with family members or at work, and use your time wisely. I also believe in being flexible with my schedule, giving time to help others in need or take time out to think through a project.  

I am encouraged to see the growth I’ve had in each of these areas. It’s kind of like my kid’s well-visits, with the height chart. An individual that grows in knowledge, relationships and skills shows maturity and has a sense of purpose for their life. There is always something new to learn and I’m so thankful for today’s technology that allows me to learn about almost anything I can imagine.

And finally, Albert Einstein says, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” So, reflecting on last year’s mistakes, I want to remember to learn from them and allow them to be lessons that enrich and deepen my life experiences. Phyllis Theroux writes, “Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” I intend to see my mistakes of 2016, admit them and do all that I can to correct them as I walk across the bridge into 2017.

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