A Time of Reflection

I hope you all found a place to worship, celebrate, and be with family and/or friends.

We use “Merry Christmas” as a greeting. But one hopes that the merry part seeps inside.

We are in that week between the holidays. We build up to Christmas, many get time off from work or school, then we get to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to celebrate a more ancient thankfulness of getting to another year.

I, as do many, use these days for a kind of relaxing. It is a good time to reflect on the experiences of the last year in the context of how we need to grow and change in the new year.

What did we learn in the last year?

Where can that point us to change in the new year?

  • New career?
  • Improved career?
  • New relationships?
  • New beginnings?
  • New things to learn?
  • New places to visit?
  • Better health?

I quoted John Dewey recently about the importance of reflections on experience. Any time is a good time, but if you get this week “off”, it is a perfect time to set aside an hour or so a day to reflect, journal, visualize the coming year.

I don’t do the traditional “goal setting” of New Year’s Resolutions. But I still look at where I am and where I need to be. And where I can grow.

A salesman I knew was known for “Always be closing (a sale)”.

Make this year one of “Always be growing”.

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