Recently, my life turned upside down. A family crisis meant my husband Duncan and I flew from Canada to England on December 27th. I returned 3 weeks later, but Duncan did not. He is now living in England for the next 18 months or so and for the moment I am here, looking after our 5 acre property, guest cottage and pets. So, if you were wondering why you hadn’t received a newsletter – that’s why!
And I confess to feeling grumpy, disoriented and uncertain. I’m adjusting to a new life-style and am catching up on both business and home admin as well as supporting Duncan in setting up home in England. But it’s not the lifestyle change that I find most unsettling. I usually use the quiet time between Christmas and New Year to ponder and reflect – which helps me connect to myself and then think about goals. But this year, for the first time in a very long time I have not had the opportunity to reflect (yet) and I feel unbalanced and unsettled.
Much of how I feel is obviously due to the change in life circumstances (which, once I get a handle on everything may well write more about!), but I can also clearly see how the LACK of time to ponder and reflect has affected me. Without the reflection, I don’t have clarity. And without clarity, I am unable to set goals. I am literally “aimless” – without aim!
You see, reflection time is not just important – it’s VITAL. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our challenges, difficulties – and our successes. It helps us see where we have grown, what’s working for us and what is not, and what directions we want to take next.
But it’s never too late! It’s almost the start of the New Chinese Year (January 31st, the horse in case you were wondering). So, if you haven’t already it’s a great opportunity to think about reflect on what and who you value in your life, where you are on your spiritual or life journey, what you’ve achieved in the past year and what you’d like to achieve in the upcoming year.
So, set aside some time to ponder and reflect, to stare out of the window. Jot down your thoughts and learnings. I know I will be.
And I have just the 10 meaningful areas for you to reflect and ponder on, so that you can create an AMAZING year:
- Make THREE Lists a) the most IMPORTANT people in your life, b) people who DRAIN you and c) people who INSPIRE you.
- What you’d like MORE of and LESS of in your life.
- Your BIG achievements this past year (include personal, spiritual and professional). This is what you’re MOST proud of – what you’d like to celebrate!
- What you’re most EXCITED about for the coming year (if you don’t have anything, then this is something you may want to work on).
- What do you ALREADY KNOW you want to accomplish this coming year?
- What you would like to EXPRESS in your life or work more?
- What does it MEAN to you to have a full and rich life?
- How could you have MORE FUN and JOY in your life?
- What is your BIGGEST challenge in the upcoming year?
- What do you SECRETLY need to acknowledge in your life?
“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
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