If I had to describe 2019 in one word, it would be BLUR! An absolute blur. But, just like you, I survived. We made it! It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up the last few days of the first month in 2020- I find myself asking where does the time go? I also ask, did anything change just by turning the page on the calendar into a new year? Did I bring some of the bad habits into this year? With that in mind, I find it necessary to take a glimpse back simply to reflect on the things I learned. You see, 2019 holds the key as to what 2020 will look like. So before we move on into this year, let’s reflect back on the lessons learned in 2019.
One lesson I learned is to navigate differently (after all, we are on a journey…big smile). Often, life will have us moving so fast, that we are just going through the motions. I feel in part, that 2019 was that way for me. There were some amazing highlights of the year…but for the most part, it was a year where things moved fast and I tried to keep up. Not going to happen in 2020! I choose to navigate differently.
Another lesson I learned is to enjoy the small things. We have a tendecy to let the BIG things navigate our day, month or even year. But, there are so many small things that happen EVERY SINGLE DAY that we may overlook. Things like a smile from a cashier, a single flower that just popped up in our yard, a driver letting us in front of him/her in traffic…these are GOOD things! I will take a “goodbye, Mom…I love you” on a Monday over a much anticipated overrated party on a Friday!
One final lesson I learned is to put value on others! I am learning the importance of this more and more. There is so much satisfaction in taking our eyes off of ourselves and putting them on those that are around us. And that does not always include our family members or friends. There are people who we see on a daily basis and pass them right by. I am learning to take the time to strike up a conversation. People all around us are hurting! Just maybe, God put that person in our path for a reason.
So what does reflection look like? Here are a few tips to help you look back at 2019 and set the tone for 2020:
- What are the 5 major events that happened in 2019 that moved you emotionally the most (good or bad)? Why did you choose these 5? What did you learn from these events?
- What are 5 minor events that happened in 2019 that perhaps you overlooked the impact they made on you (you may need to pull out your calendar for these)?
- Does your daily routine so far in 2020 look the same as it did in 2019?
- What is one word that perfectly describes your 2019?
- What is one word that will define your 2020?
Often, we may feel as though we have accomplished nothing but if we take a look back, we can see the trails we have blazed, the valleys we have navigated, the lives we have influenced and BAM….maybe things weren’t as bad as they seemed. Maybe we moved forward by leaps and bounds. Maybe we grew more than we thought. Hmmmm!? REFLECT…what did you learn in 2019?