Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Life in the rear-view mirror

It's best to spend most of your time living in the present—and, of course, some planning what's coming next. But at this time of year, when we pass from one year into the next, a little time looking in the rear-view mirror is good, too.

Take some time to look back over the past year and ask yourself which events stand out for you. What did you learn from them? How have you been changed by those events and by your response to them? What attitudes and resources do you want to carry forward into this new year? Are there things you need to leave behind? Friends? Old messages? Do you need to leave a job that's just dragging you down to the point that nothing you do to fill yourself up can counteract its negative effects?

This is a good time to look back—and look ahead. It will make the present ever so much better if you've reflected on what has happened and what you learned from it and if you have some intention about what might or should happen and how you will approach it. As always, it's good to plan what's ahead, knowing that things can be changed and you'll need to remain flexible. After all, "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Still, it's good to make the plans. But make them in a way that takes into account how you have changed because of last year's events and experiences.

Perhaps you can set aside some time this weekend to do a review of 2012 and anticipate 2013. Once that's done, you can focus more clearly on right now, this moment!

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