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Christmas has just passed and soon we will be saying goodbye to 2014 and ushering in the new year. It is time again to take stock of how our year has been and start preparing ourselves for 2015.
Kevin Daum, a contributor to Inc., suggested last year that we reflect, repent and renew:
- Reflect on our shortcomings and the lessons learnt from them.
- Repent and acknowledge our human flaws and take appropriate actions to improve ourselves.
- Renew our hope with clarity of mind and heart, and focus on the journey that lies ahead.
Before we draw the curtains on the year, let us take some time to do the following:
Like history lessons, it is wise to look at past events of the year and learn from them.
It is not about harping on past unpleasant issues, but to revisit how we have grown personally from the challenges and look out for areas where we still can improve on.
Learn to forgive others and free yourself of bitterness and discouragements too.
On the other hand, for the many favours that you received throughout the year, always have an attitude of gratitude and humility to keep grounded.
The last month of the year is usually the time working parents take advantage of school holidays to go on vacation, or for working adults to clear their outstanding leave to go on a long break.
After a year of toiling and hard work, remember to be kind to yourself by taking time off work to rejuvenate and refuel your body, mind and soul.
Make up for lost time by catching up with loved ones, family and friends, or reconnect yourself with nature by going on a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This is also a good time to write down measurable goals and new year resolutions, but ensure that you commit to them and be accountable to someone whom you trust.
After a time of repose, and when you are all recharged and raring to go, it is time to face the world again with a new perspective and refreshed brand new you!
Continue to feed your mind with thoughts and deeds that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent to help you refocus and realign your purpose in life.
Stay inquisitive and humble to learn new things. Be open for feedback from your peers and leaders so you can continue to discover yourself and grow as a person.
Wishing you a Blessed New Year!
“We can’t rewind the past, nor fast-forward the future, so today, all we can do is play, record, pause and keep moving, until something should press the stop button.” – Anthony Liccione
Published in English daily The Star, Malaysia, 27 December 2014