This is the time of year when, despite the busyness, I pause to reflect on what I cherish the most. My relationships are what come to mind: my relationships with my family, my friends, and my communities.
This blog, my fellow bloggers, and especially our readers, have become an important community for me. I feel supported by the writings of the other bloggers and by all the comments I get from readers, and the new blogs and other writings I find through the comments. When I’m with you all, I feel like a real writer. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
I hope you are looking back at 2014 and celebrating! Now is not the time for regrets. Now is the time to look back with pride on what you accomplished, in all the different parts of your life. It’s in looking back that we can gain clarity for the year ahead.
- What are you going to do in 2015?
- What are you going to do differently?
- What are you going to stop doing?
We all have different circumstances we live with. What can you do to feel differently about a circumstance that you know isn’t going to change? For example, my current “work day” situation is I have about 2 ½ hours while my son is in school. Rather than seeing this as “not enough time to get anything done,” I have chosen to see it as “plenty of time to get one (important) thing done.” That motivates me to choose my one thing carefully.
- My one thing might be talking to a client.
- It might be drafting a couple of blog posts.
- It might be going to a yoga class or going for a run.
- It might be working on my short story.
My one thing is never emptying the dishwasher. I can do that later.
While I only have those 2 ½ hours to myself, thinking about it the way I do gives me permission to let go of the small things (all the things I “should” do) and focus on one thing that feels important to me.
What feels important to you as 2014 comes to a close and 2015 is about to begin.
Make room for whatever that is in 2015.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
Diane MacKinnon, MD: is a writer, blogger, life coach, and family physician. I’m having a Merry Christmas, enjoying the holidays, and looking forward to the New Year!