A Year to Reflect: Joy, Faith, Peace
By Victoria Sweet
There’s something magical about this time of year. The twinkling lights and gingerbread cookies. The merriment and good cheer spreading through the air. It’s a season for celebrating, a season for love, and a season for self-reflection. As one year comes to a close, and we look forward to the beginning of the next year, it is a great time to reflect on where our lives have been and where we are headed.
My personal reflection on 2014 has inspired me to review the good, acknowledge the not-so-good as I gain momentum to live 2015 with more joy, more faith, and more peace.
While reflecting on 2014 I have discovered that I gained new awareness about true, authentic JOY. We all have the power to be happy and that we can choose not to give away our power to the inconveniences, irritations and interruptions that life can bring. I am constantly reminded by the old saying, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.” There will always be something trying to take our joy: an angry sales person, traffic, misplaced car keys. Don’t go a minute longer allowing the same things to upset you. Nothing can take your joy, you have to give it away. There are enough big issues to deal with; don’t give away your joy to the small ones.
Also while taking inventory of 2014, I realized that I am most joyful when I make the time to take care of myself. Exercise and taking vitamins and supplements are essential to my well-being. Over the year there were periods of impeccable consistency and there were periods of utter irregularity. But when I am most consistent, I’m happier, my family is happier and life is better. We are on a constant quest of authenticity and honoring what’s best for ourselves.
For my sanity and joy, exercising is my mental dump. I put my ear buds in and forget about everything else. Even if it’s for just an hour a day at 4:30 in the morning, that hour is mine. This is my hour to focus my day and get perspective on what really matters. My declaration for 2015 is to make excise a constant part of my routine.
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I challenge you to take an inventory of your life this holiday season. Below is a little questionnaire to help begin the process of reflection. The questions may be helpful in understanding previous choices, in clarifying current needs and objectives, and in weighing options for moving forward.
From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and may you have a Joyful New Year! From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and may you have a Joyful New Year!
- What do I need to “clear up” or “let go of” in order to be more peaceful?
- What has given my life meaning?
- For what am I grateful?
- What have I learned of truth and how truthfully have I learned to live?
- What have I learned of love and how well have I learned to love?
- What have I learned about courage, strength, power, and faith?
- How have I handled my suffering?
- How can I best share what I’ve learned?
- What helps me open my heart and empty my mind and experience the presence of Spirit?
- How have I served and what more can I do to serve?
- Was the person I have been in 2014 the person I want to be in 2015?