With the new year right around the corner, now is a great time to sit and reflect on your year. What did this year bring? How did you spend your time? Where were you most successful? Are there areas of your life that need more attention?
I know for myself this time of year is always so busy which can sometimes make it hard to reflect. It is easy to get caught up in your day to day and not always look at the bigger picture, and yet reflecting, when done with kindness and patience, can be one of the most grounding and healthy activities we can do.
At this time of year many people get focused on a New Years Resolution and what drastic change they are going to make that will change their lives. I wonder if you would be willing to embark on a different journey with me this year. Instead of setting a goal that is likely based on unrealistic expectations, what if you made the commitment to soften into yourself and dedicate time to reflect and then commit. In other words, make time for small moments of reflection where you notice how you are doing, how you have been treating yourself and if you are moving in the direction you want to go. From there, commit to taking your reflections seriously and take a step towards what you really want, even if it is a step that you focus on only for that day, week or month.
If you invest in taking moments to reflect, both now and going forward, base them in compassion and patience. We can’t be as successful as we want to be if we are always neglectful, cruel and dismissive towards ourselves. Nobody has life mastered yet and if you are working on your recovery, being patient and kind towards yourself is the only way you will really free yourself from your disorder.
I want to thank you for letting me join you every other Sunday this year, I know my year wouldn’t have been the same without you.
Happy reflecting over the next few days!