This time of year is always a good time to take a moment and reflect on what the past year held so we can approach the New Year with a more routine regimen
To some people, the New Year is a time to party and have fun, to watch a few sport games and maybe to make a few resolutions that they will try their best to keep. Going into a New Year is all of those things, but a New Year is also a time for reflection. It is the perfect time for measuring what you have learned on the road you have been travelling.
For some of us that means taking ourselves for a cappuccino somewhere pretty where we can be surrounded by peace and beauty, like a lovely coffee shop or garden centre, and just put pencil to paper and take stock. A year without ups and downs seems impossible. If there were no challenges how would we be forced and challenged to grow and change?
We should all learn that one can have only a certain number of helpful responses to one's own mistakes. Rectify them when possible, learn from them and try not to repeat them. There is also a whole year ahead to rectify your mistakes and complete what you could not complete in 2014. A wise man once said: "worrying about things that haven't happened yet is just as destructive as dwelling on things that you cannot undo." Obsessing about your mistakes and what you have not yet done is counterproductive. So when life hands you lemons, make lemonade!
As we reflect on the 2014 we should be able to compare how we once were, and how much greatness we have achieved by getting where we are today. You should be able to end this year with a glim of hope. Look at how far you have come and look at how much you can still change. There is always a room for improvement. Hold on to good things that have happened in 2014 and always trust in yourself. So as we end a year of extreme highs and extreme lows, be hopeful. As we swiftly move into 2015, anticipate nothing but good things in the New Year. Life is a book that we keep writing. 2014 was a good chapter that you can visit again and read this story and moved by many emotions. So cheers to a good year and hello to 2015!