Time passes by so quickly and it is already the end of the year! We feel nostalgic in some way at this time and on the other hand, we take big resolutions. We review the year that passed and we evaluate it professionally, on a personal and family side, with friends etc….
When we come to the end of anything, we look back at the journey and we start thinking and contemplating. Nevertheless, this can be a strong therapeutic practice. We are the sum of our experiences and reflection will help us dissect the good from the bad, be thankful, and grow and transform.
As the year 2014 comes to its end, here are some lists to make and reflect upon:
1. A “People” List.
It is the list of your new friends and old as well as your networking connections. Think of the people who really affected your life this year. Think of those who encouraged you, those who believed in you and those who gave you a huge break. Be grateful to them. Once you set your list, send them a greeting card, an email or call them. In addition, do not forget to remove from your life all the persons that affected you negatively.
2. A “Personal Achievement” List.
List all the areas you have succeeded in whether professionally, spiritually, physically, intellectually, or relationally. These could be a raise in your work, or breaking free from your job or losing some weight and even spending more time with your partner. You will really be surprised at how much you were able to achieve in one year. This will motivate you to progress in your objectives.
3. A “Mistakes And Lessons Learned” List.
The only failure is to fail to learn from the experience. We all fall down and make mistakes. Write down the mistakes you did for the only purpose of taking a valuable lesson from each one.
4. A “Laughter” List.
Laughter is contagious and it is something we can never have too much of. Remember all the hilarious incidents you had and try to write them on paper. This will not be an easy task to do as you will keep interrupting yourself with big laughs! This will remind you not to take life or yourselves too seriously.
5. A “Contribution” List.
Write down a list of things that you have given without expecting any return. This could be a random act of kindness, a donation, or helping someone at work or anywhere else.