Reflection: It’s a wonderful teacher during the year-end holiday season
WASHINGTON – It’s a new season. Don’t fall back. Move forward! So what do you want to improve in this new season as you move forward toward a new year? Nothing you think of is too big or too small. Thinking about and anticipating new events and plans in our lives brings us to the realm of reflection. And reflection is a wonderful teacher.
This week it’s easy to see that Thanksgiving is nearly here. It’s the national holiday that frequently kicks off our entire series of year-end holiday celebrations, both religious and secular.
It’s the time of year for reflection
So, as we approach the beginning of the end of 2019 and anticipate the arrival of 2020, now is a great time for reflection. Going into 2020, do you want to and can you continue to do what worked well for you this year? What do you want to change? What do you envision for yourself in 2020?
Reflection on these and other important matters in our lives can be very powerful. Specifically, it can help provide you with a measure of self-awareness and understanding of how you came to be where you are right now.
Furthermore, reflection gives you insightful information about the whys and hows of the past year, perceptions and realities that you’ll be able to evaluate. Knowing this can impact the decisions you make as 2019 draws to a close. And in the process of reflection you will also learn more about yourself and what you’re truly capable of.
While reflection at the end of the calendar year can involve the more serious side of life, the winter season and the holidays are also a time for fun. So here are some ideas for you and your family and friends for the big Thanksgiving holiday coming up.
- Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Start a new tradition, something that has meaning.
- Take some home movies to capture your time together.
- Go around the table and ask each person to say one thing they are grateful for.
- Play some games good for all ages. Try Twister. Or Charades, Mad Libs, or holiday Family Feud. Maybe bring out coloring books for the children or offer a game of Scrabble for competitive adults.
- Be present with your family and friends. No technology allowed!
- Always live with an open heart.
Quotes for Reflection
Finally, here’s a pair of quotes worth thinking about as we enter this season of fun, family and personal reflection.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Anonymous
Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.~ Rhonda Bryne
A Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to you and yours!
— Headline image: Recent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, featuring The Rockettes. (Credit: Jacquie Kubin)
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