End of year reflections and taking a break

Flowering in December - the pohutukawa, sometimes called the New Zealand Christmas tree.

Flowering in December - the pohutukawa, sometimes called the New Zealand Christmas tree.

The end of the year is almost here.  Christmas has passed, only a few pohutukawa trees are still in flower, lots of folk are away on their summer holidays, and as so often happens, a cold front is passing over the country.  Brrr... 

For many people this is often a time of reflection on the year that has been and the year that lies ahead.  But our human brains have a bias towards a problem focus (even when at rest) so this can become painful - often when we look back it can be tinged with regret, and when we look to the future it can be with apprehension.

So this is my plea for kind reflection:

  • not judging (right/wrong, success/fail, good/bad, win/lose, etc) and no beat-ups!
  • just noticing what you have done and how it served you and others
  • paying attention to what is important to you and what you seek in your life (peace? caring? happiness? mutual respect in relationships? creativity? generosity? justice? forgiveness? health? ...)
  • considering the things that support you, energise you, and encourage you
  • uncovering the things that undermine you, deplete you, discourage you
  • developing some clarity about the way you would like to approach the expected challenges and delights of the coming year
  • and considering how you will care for yourself (seeking support from others and from within) if/when you're dealing with the kinds of uncertainties and difficulties that may lie ahead in any of our lives.

I am now taking a break to do some kind reflection and will be back in a month.

If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see here, please get in touch.

My very best wishes to you for a kind beginning to 2018!

Helen NelsonComment