I’m a highly reflective person by nature. Although this serves me well overall, it can sometimes drive me bonkers. Also those near me. Perhaps you yourself have also received comments like these from people you love and who dearly love you:
- “Don’t think so much. Just roll with it.”
- “Don’t feel so much. Not everything really means something.”
- “What are you talking about?!?”
Then again, maybe it’s only me…
Either way, it’s all good. Because we are in connection with the Divine when we are truly being ourselves. No matter if others understand. Or not.
It’s not necessary to be understood, in order to be loved and supported. (Click to Tweet this!)
The close of an old year and the beginning of a new one nurtures reflection in just about everyone. Here is an approach that is hugely helpful in its direct simplicity, and it comes from Marie Forleo:
Think about your past year, then ask yourself:
- What’s something I did that I’m proud of?
- What’s a mistake I made, and what did I learn?
- What story am I willing to let go of before the New Year?
At the risk of not being understood, here are examples from my own life:
- I am proud of myself for creating and sharing a free, online, self-paced training program for folks that use a specific library manager system.
- I goofed on a free day I had, when I tagged along with my husband on his errands instead of puttering at home with my interests. But I learned to begin to identify and prioritize my wants and needs. And to make that more important than my desire to make others happy.
- I’m willing to let go of my story of being the Keeper of the Extended Family. I believe I can let go of orchestrating ideal gatherings, and instead allow them in whatever form they arrive. Perhaps not every situation needs solving…Ooo! I can let go of my story of being the Solver. (A story I didn’t even know I carried, until just now.)
What insights do you have when you look through this annual mirror?
As we move together into a New Year, keep being you.
You are loved and supported.
I’d love to see your reflections in the comments below. You are more inspiring than you know. Go, you!