It is the beginning of a new year and many of us start planning what we would like to achieve or accomplish in the coming months…commonly know as our New Year’s resolutions. We come out of the holidays with renewed energy and resolve to make the year ahead of us better. This is a wonderful thing. Yet many times we get the cart before the horse in that we do not take the time to reflect on the past year. We want to either forget some of the past year’s challenges or we simply want to forge ahead. Our fast paced culture and “instant” everything does not value slowing down and reflecting.
I took this picture you see several years ago when our family was in Alaska. Every time I look at it I am amazed at how beautiful the reflection of the mountains are on the water. It gives a sense of calm and quietness. Reflection is like that…taking time to be still, to be calm, to be quiet within ourselves. As we reflect, we can then ask ourselves questions like:
“What was the best part of last year for me?”
“How did I feel as I stepped out in new areas?”
“What are the main things I learned about myself?”
“If I could do one thing different, what would that be?”
And many other questions may come to mind.
Whether we are making resolutions about relationships or health or career or finances or personal growth, take the time to reflect on the past year. Once we understand where we have been then our path will be clearer as to where we are going.
My wish is for you to take some reflection time to evaluate your new resolutions for 2019. Remember to make your resolutions realistic, attainable and measurable. And, most important, will they make you happy?!
If you would like help with your reflections or defining your resolutions or coming up with a plan to achieve success in your resolutions, please give me a call. I would love to help!
Carma Kuhn, M.Ed., NCC, LMHC – 321.251.8344 – firstname.lastname@example.org