The post-holiday lull is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but it always tends to leave me in a little bit of a daze. There’s an abundance of cleaning up houses, organizing gifts, and settling back into a normal routine that doesn’t involve an increased consumption of peanut butter blossom cookies.
But despite all of the cleaning, organizing, and settling, I find that it can be a really nice time to take a few moments to reflect on the year that just was. Call me sentimental, but love from family members continues to resonate, gratitude from the kindness of the season lingers, and peace seemingly abounds. It’s in the midst of this love, gratitude, and peace that we can reflect on the year with a clearer mind, remembering the good, the bad, and all that came in between.
Reflection can be challenging, though, no matter how beautiful or difficult your experiences were. It can be very easy to keep reliving those experiences, not allowing yourself the opportunity to learn, grow, and truly move forward.
These little bits of fresh reflective insight can be inspiring, hopeful even. Whether it’s making ten new year’s resolutions or simply just saying to yourself, “I think this will be a good year,” it’s refreshing to have a little bit of a clean slate for all of the “things that have never been.”
So as you move into the new year, be sure to give yourself time to reflect, but also give yourself the freedom to move forward with an openness for what the new year may bring.