As 2015 draws to a close it is hard to believe another year has gone by.
The media recap of the year is filled with the usual world events and
celebrity & political news makers, but what about you? How was your
2015? Take a moment to reflect on your 2015 to learn a bit about yourself
and perhaps map a path of where you want to go in the New Year.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren
Sit in a quiet room and in a comfortable chair, or recline on your favorite
couch, get comfortable! Sit alone and just let your mind wonder over your
2015. It may help to begin by recalling the year by the months starting
with January. As thoughts come to mind take a moment to recognize them
and then let them go. You will find certain areas that stand out to you,
to make you smile and feel good, and areas where you feel sad and uncomfortable.
You may feel disappointment and regret, as well as joyous, excited, and
expectant; proud of the accomplishments you have made. Because we are
all unique it is impossible to know what your reflections will reveal
but reflecting on the following may also help you to focus.
Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel. ~Kevin Trudeau
What have you done in this year to improve your health and wellness? Perhaps
you have markedly improved the quality of your diet and are now eating
more healthy and whole foods. Or made a small but impactful activity change
that has improved your health status, perhaps you lost weight and reduced
or eliminated some medications? Do you now enjoy the benefits of a strong
body and a healthy heart and lungs? Did you go to the Dr. for an annual
physical? Have you stopped or reduced any unhealthy eating and drinking
behaviors? Have you reduced your stress level and are you sleeping better?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.
Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain
All of us have the capacity to grow internally to become the person we
were created to be. How have you personally grown this year? Did you take
time this year to periodically reflect on what you did and did not do?
Was there an area of interest, a favorite hobby, or a persistent passion
inside of you that you explored this year? How have you treated others
this year, those in your family and your co-workers? How did you treat
yourself? Did you take time to connect with yourself, slow down, and celebrate
being alive? What are the top 5-things you are grateful for that the year
2015 has brought to you?
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in
the shade? ~Ben Franklin
Take a moment and think about your talents. Did you use them to accomplish
what you wanted this year? Do you have a “dream” job or professional
calling? What steps have you taken this year to move yourself closer to
accomplishing your career goals and improving yourself intellectually?
What obstacles did you face this year that may have slowed your progress?
Do you still aspire to these career goals? Has anything changed over the
course of this year? What are your feelings as you go into the New Year
towards moving closer to your career and/or educational goals?
You always have time for the things you put first. ~Unknown
What has happened this year with your family and your community? What was
good, what was hard? Did you grow closer to loving yourself and others
this year? What are you most proud of that you have done in this area?
Did you make the effort to spend quality time with your kids/grandkids,
spouse, parents, and others important to you? Was there a time you got
involved in your community, reached out to others in need, or volunteered
to help others? Are you doing what you want and need to do to be more
connected with those around you?
The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn
makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.
When you are no longer able to keep focus, it is time to grab pen and paper
and write down the common or frequent themes that occurred during your
reflection. Remember to congratulate yourself for what you are proud of
and identify what you want to improve upon in the New Year. The unique
gift of being human is in the capacity to improve our lives no matter
what our age or circumstance. Here’s to a Healthy and Happy 2016!
Author: Priscilla Thornton, MSW, LCSW, Certified Profile Coach