Favourite Things: My husband home from work early, the sea breeze, our neighbours, simple summer evenings…
It has taken me a few days, but I am actually on a proper computer not just my iphone so I can write properly about my new year’s reflection questions.
Every year for the last 8 years, on the eve of a new year, I have a ritual which has become a necessity to the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one. I find a place of quiet and rest, a place with some lovely coffee, tea and cake and I write. I muse. I think. I prepare. I repent. I find myself in the midst of the Christmas Chaos and I launch myself into the potential of a blank diary that promises the earth.
I find it hard to come across someone, even the most depressed that doesn’t embark upon a new season, a new year without some sense of hope. I remember the eve of a new school, a new school bag, new stationary set, lunch box and ironed uniform and it always promised me so much. Or that night before a new job, so full of tension and also expectation, the last days of a pregnancy where there is fear and trepidation, combined with a crazy amount of hormones and happiness.
Wherever you find yourself at the moment, a time of reflection and the opportunity to ask yourself some big questions is an opportunity awaiting…I’m not a big fan of New year’s resolutions because I often disappoint myself, but I am the hugest advocate of reflection, questioning and writing down the possibilities, which if left un-authored can never be realised.
Here are my questions, they have morphed and changed with the seasons, but mostly have provided a consistency and opportunity for growth and change in my very normal, but hopefully domestically radical existence.
What’s been a particularly positive experience?
Who’s been a person I’ve got to know better?
What am I especially thankful for?
What am I determined to do differently next year?
Where have I grown in the last year?
What am I prepared to change in my schedule to make growth a non-negotiable next year?
What is my character?
What is my contribution?
What is my personal culture?
Who is my community?
Key scripture verse for last year?
A quote that sums up the year?
One word that expresses the year?
Light a candle, pour a glass of wine (or water in my case), crank up some atmospheric tunes, find a new journal or start a new computer file, open a blog, take time essentially and focus on the important rather than the urgent. Even better find a friend and encourage and share your reflections.
Guaranteed hope will arise.