As we approach the end of the year and before the Christmas mayhem really begins, I wondered about what kind of piece might be appropriate today. Having thought about it for a while I decided to put it back on you and pose you a few questions that might cause you to reflect, remember, appreciate and consider what you learned from 2015 as well as noting anything that you want to take with you into 2016.
I would suggest that the best way to deal with the exercise is to get a pen and paper and just jot down the first answer that comes into your head as you read each question. Don’t dwell on anything for too long as the first answer is normally the best. There are no wrong answers and no one else will see what you have written unless you decide to share it with someone.
So here goes:
- What is your most vivid memory of 2015?
- Who/what gave you the most joy?
- Who/what made the biggest impact on you during the year?
- What was the most important thing that you learned? Have you continued to use it?
- What was the best advice that you received? Why?
- What was the best advice that you gave? Do you take that advice yourself?
- If you are to take one piece of learning with you into 2016, what will that be?
- During the year, who moved out of your life/circle? Do you miss that person?
- Did someone important to you pass over? What was great about them?
- What was your biggest achievement?
- What was your greatest disappointment?
- How would you describe the year overall?
- Are you optimistic about 2016 or do you have a view on it? Why?
- What is the most important thing that you need to do in 2016?
- What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with in 2015? Why?
- What were you most grateful for in 2015?
- Is there anything that you need to put down, let go of, make peace with before the year-end?
- What is the one decision or action that you took in 2015 that you would change?
I am not sure what you will make of those questions. They are intended to be random as well as both provocative and reflective.
We live such busy, all consuming lives, we don’t take time for ourselves to reflect on moments, events and situations that could help us gain understanding, achieve closure and allow for learning as we go forward.
Being mindful and present, as we go, is a great practice. Being reflective on what has passed, in order to gain understanding and learning, is crucial. Giving some thought to the future is also beneficial.
I hope the exercise and questions have given you the chance to do all three.