As you are all aware, today is the last day of 2012. The end of the year tends to make most of us contemplative, reflective and often, hard on ourselves. While many of us will half-heartedly commit to better health and to stronger relationships in the coming year, few of us will make it very far.
For me, December 31st has become a true day of appreciation and gratitude because it was 8 years ago today that I was given the greatest privilege in the world. It is the day I became Sydney’s mom. Each year since, instead of beating myself up for the previous twelve months, I look forward to celebrating the end of the year with the beginning of her.
While you may not have a child to celebrate today or even another loved one near, I encourage you to try something different this year. I would like you to take a few minutes and make a list. Not a list of what you might do over the next twelve months but rather a list of everything you have appreciated about the last twelve months. Share with yourself the challenges you overcame, the relationships you fostered, the new connections with old friends that occurred, and all the amazing meals, hikes, swims, concerts, road trips, ski days, and camping adventures you encountered. Remind yourself that you had an impact on other people in 2012 by sharing your smile, your time, your humour, your patience, and your love.
Forget about resolving. There is no need. You are already perfect just as you are.
Besides, making this list, will make you will feel a lot better when you wake up New Year’s Day and indulge in the leftovers from the night before!
If you feel up to sharing, feel free to post one or more of the things you are grateful for in the comments section. If you feel like you need a bit more guidance to choose gratitude over punishing yourself, check out my review of Gabrielle Bernstein’s latest book May Cause Miracles. It may inspire you. I had the honour of reading the book in advance of its publishing date and spent the month of December exploring the daily exercises and lessons. I am happy to say, unlike many books I have read over the years, it delivers on its promise.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my appreciation with you through these posts and the support and encouragement you have given me in 2012.
Wishing you a miraculous 2013!
With love and thanks,