December is approaching and I dance with the idea; it is my favorite month. Many a reason for it – the holiday season, the end of the year, a beginning to a brand new year is near, the festive air, crisp cold, the towns getting dressed up, the spirit throughout, flurries … and much more.
For me, it is the time to review this year and meditate about what when on, the goals I achieved, the ones I did not, and time for reflection, much reflection. It is a time to pick up my journal, a new calendar, and think of how I can make next year better. Although it is always a bit disappointing to stare at the goals that did not come true, on the other hand, it is rewarding to look at the ones that did become real. Somehow, it makes me happy to see that I worked towards something throughout the year, something that when I put it on paper on December of the previous year, may not have seemed so real or attainable. I invite you to try this, even if it is one or two things in your list. I have learned to call them predictions for the new year, predictions of the things that I will carry out on that year, or at least, that will take me a few steps closer to a goal. It is a practice that I started years ago, and it works for me. Looking at the end of the year, I can see where my heart was at the end of the previous one, and how I evolved on the issues that seemed important to me, and the things that I wanted in my future. Sometimes, I am pleasantly surprised to know that I made it through that year, and most of the things on that list, were accomplished. Other times, I see that half of them were not, and then, I can ponder why – this always leads to some insight, sometimes, realizing that in truth, it was not what I wanted, but I thought that I wanted at that time. This is why I call it my time for reinvention.
Reinventing myself small steps at a time works for me better than setting out sails for a huge journey, which can seem daunting, exhausting, and many times an illusion. Setting goals every December, and working on those throughout the year, keeps the journey real, and manageable – less intimidating. It is part of the big journey. In retrospect, it is very hard to feel that I “wasted a year” if I go back and see all the progress that I made, and how I worked towards the goals that were on that list – even when I may have not hit the mark with a particular item in the list.
I am ready to make my predictions for the new year, and work hard to make them true. Do you plan or set goals for the new year? Feel free to share your method.