Reflections on 2013

Christmas is just days away and before you know it a new year will be upon us.  Whether we like it or not, many of us will find ourselves reflecting on 2013 and wondering what 2014 will bring.

If you live up here in the north and you dare to venture outdoors, you will find this time of year to be very dark and (for me anyway) depressing.  That makes it a great time of year to get together with friends, go out for a nice dinner or just relax with a good book.

The short days also give you plenty of time to look back on what you have accomplished this past year. I have at least two friends I am aware of who decided to go back to school this year, several friends who had children graduate from high school, one friend who got married and another friend and myself who bought new homes.  These are all great events and kudos to my friends who took the plunge and went back to school.  (You know who you are!)

Even if nothing monumental happened for you this past year, enjoy the fact that maybe you just had a quiet year.  We all need those years that go by where nothing spectacular happens, where life rolls on with a certain kind of steady rhythm, predictable and comforting.

No matter the type of year you had in 2013, reflect on the happy moments and the successes no matter how small.  Be thankful if nothing spectacular happened and that you just made it through the year healthy and happy.  Remember to thank your friends and family who helped make your year a good one and take these next few days to celebrate with them.

Once you’ve done all that it will be time to focus on your resolutions and goals for 2014.  But we’ll leave that for another post. 


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