What the New Year Needs Most: Reflection and Invitation

I sit alone this morning, a cup of tea in hand, looking out the window. Snow blankets the ground. Tree branches are bare in the cold. Winter stillness. The neighborhood is unusually quiet, after all night New Year’s parties. It’s my time to reflect.

I’m not always good at reflection. My mind scatters… taking rabbit trails into the experiences and feelings of this past year. Part of remembering is retracing hard times. This is ok because remembering means going through the entire year. And each year brings its challenges. Yet these memories can come with guilt or regret. I can ruminate and get stuck. This isn’t what New Year reflection is about, because it’s not healthy.

Reflection is looking backwards and noticing without judgement and with openness.

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