25 Nov Holiday Reflections Before 2017 Ends
As I stood in line at one of my favourite coffee shops waiting for my morning caffeine hit, gazing in at the array of delectable treats on offer in the display cabinet, I overheard a conversation of two friends complaining about ‘what a terrible year 2017 has been’ and I can’t wait for it to be over. What I really wanted to do was ask them what 2017 has given them, what lessons they learned from the hardships, what strengths they gained and how did such a ‘terrible’ year bring them joy? But of course, just at that moment, my order was ready and as such, I began to think about the lessons 2017 has given me.
If you are a bit of stationery freak like me, you will always have a notebook, journal or diary handy. As such, I thought it was a great time to start writing all these lessons I was grateful and thinking about down on paper. Sometimes, you just have to go with the moment (as I have freedom of working hours) I was able to take 15min to do this.
Honestly, if you have a few minutes, try it today over your lunch break.
What were the five sh** things which happened to me this year?
Now. next to those five things write how this has made you stronger, any lessons you learned and opportunities you gained, now say “Can I look at that time and be GRATEFUL for the way it has served my life?”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” (Napoleon Hill)
Keep thinking and writing, until each situation, event or sh** thing has changed your perception. Yes, I know how hard this is and trust me, the more times you do it, the more open you are to accept there is always equal and balanced sides. Once you can accept, thank and be grateful for whatever has happened, you will have begun to master your life.
“You are not a victim of your past, you are a master of your destiny.” (Dr. John Demartini)
When you can achieve the above exercise, you will gain control over your emotions, you will build resilience and your own self-awareness and as such, have greater social and emotional intelligence.
As 2017 comes to an end, I am very grateful and thank you all for reading my monthly blogs. I do wish you a wonderful Christmas, safe, and happy holidays (Yes, I have added in my top 3 reading books for the season below) and look forward to a huge and ‘BRAVE’ 2018 (If you didn’t guess it already, this is my word for 2018).
My Top 3 Holiday Reading Books:
1. Oprah – What I know for sure
2. Daniel Chidiac – Who says you can’t, you do
3. Brene Brown – The gifts of Imperfection