It is so hard not to write about reflection at this time of year. A look back in our society is almost hard wired. New year resolutions come to mind (note: I abandoned those some time back)
As an adult time can seem to fly by. Our time markers are much larger than than of a child, who everyday has a "big" event, so time seems to drag on. I remember that feeling in elementary school. "Will second grade ever end?"
So look back on this year is like thinking back an hour ago. so here it goes:
- New job responsibilities
- Getting ready to sell house. Still not sold!
- Moving to another house
- Last child entering high school
- New car after my old one bit the dust
- One year older
- Losing weight and gaining weight
- Trying new exercise routine. See gaining weight.
- Volunteering for two organizations in a leadership role
- Subbing for my leader while they were out
- Learning where I need to develop as a leader
- Trying to keep connections alive during all this
- Going on some camping trips with my son
- Taking long drives to pickup the other son
- Having guests for thanksgiving at new location
- Being thankful for many things that I take for granted from time to time
Many of these were small, but still significant.
I try to reflect daily, but it can be a challenge, even with iPhone prompts and reminders. When I do, I sometimes have good insights and can see themes in my life.
My next challenge is to try an exercise that can clarify for me, no one else, what things bring me joy.
Now, I just need to set an alarm for that.
What do you see when you reflect on what has been this past year?