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New Year: A Time to Pause and Reflect

Submitted by Rita Brhel on 10 January 2023

Like cooking turkey on Thanksgiving or giving flowers on Valentine's Day, I cannot help feeling the tug of this time of year to pause and reflect.

Yes, January 1 is just the next day after December 31. But it feels like a beginning, and the part of me that loves rituals and traditions always comes forward with thoughts and questions:

  • Does the way I live reflect what I believe?
  • Do I treat my family the way I want to be treated?
  • Do I take care of myself with as much care, time, and energy as I do my children?

These are lifelong questions and not easily answered with a simple "yes" or "no."

In thinking about this New Year, I imagine my answers turning from "sometimes yes" to "mostly yes." And what can I do to make this true?

The simple act of reflection helps: checking in with myself regularly and remembering to ask the questions; taking a moment each day, week, or month to revisit and think about the choices I'm making.

This is not an exercise in perfection but rather the setting of an intention to live with more love, forgiveness, and joy.

What are your questions?


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