As we near the end of the year, ask yourself this question: What did I learn from 2013? Don’t make any New Year’s Resolutions until you answer this question. We get so caught up in the new without reflecting on the old. As the saying goes, “Those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.” Keep learning and growing and adding to your story.
I do have one recommendation to all my readers for 2014. After you assess what you have learned from the year take a look at this web site:
It’s by the author, Don Miller the writer of “Blue Like Jazz,” and a Life/Spiritual Coach who will help you improve your own personal story.
So here is how I encourage you to reflect:
1. Get a beverage, a note pad, and pen, or your laptop. (keep the beverage far enough away from your laptop not to spill – unless you want a new laptop.)
2. Make sure you have at least thirty minutes to an hour to reflect on the past year.
3. Begin by sitting quietly in prayer or having an open attitude to being guided in your reflections.
4. Write down the learnings of 2014. Leave them for a day and then come back to them tomorrow and write some more, rewrite, or delete as needed.
Now you are ready to move on…but go back periodically and take a look at what you have learned. Make 2014 a year that is open to new and has grown from the old.
As Proverbs 1:5 puts it: :”A wise person will hear and increase in learning, And a person of understanding will acquire wise counsel…”