As we enjoy our holiday feasts and gifts today, may we all remember how far we have come this year. Like all fellow humans on this planet, we often take one step forward, only to fall three steps back. But even so, that is still progress. If all we have done this year is to learn from our mistakes, it’s been a good year. If we’ve been able to forgive a wrong, that’s progress. If we have been able to put the past behind us and had an ‘aha!’ moment, that’s a good start.
Personal progress and success are mean different things to different people. Falling into a huge pile of cash is great, but it doesn’t always help us forward. Sometimes what we want isn’t always what we need. Examples:
- If we lost a job and panicked because no new job appeared, it may mean that it’s time to change focus.
- If we had an illness this year that slowed us down, perhaps it was ultimately to give us time we needed to think.
- If we lost a loved one this year, it makes us think of how that person affected our lives, what they meant to us, what they gave to us, and ultimately; how their lives helped to define our own.
- If we acquired a new responsibility and it has been hard to adjust, it may mean that it is time in our lives to branch out and away from our comfort zone.
Change isn’t always a bad thing, either. Change changes us and usually makes us better in the long run. A goal for us all in 2015 may be to take that step into the unknown and see where it takes us. Let’s go on from here and be the best we can despite circumstance, family, job, and our own definitions. We are here for a reason and a purpose–let’s make a promise to ourselves to see what that is.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a joyous, prosperous and happy 2015. Thank you for reading! Your comments are a gift.