Before we close the chapter of our lives called “2013,” we want to take some time to reflect, to reorientate ourselves before we turn the page to 2014. As a community this week, Velvet Ashes is taking part in a global movement called “One Word 365.” You can read details here. On Friday we’re all going to gather at The Grove to hear from One Word 365’s founder, Alece Ronzino, and then we’ll all share our own One Words. Then next week we’ll be sharing “A Letter to Myself.” To help guide us in our personal reflections, Patty Stallings shares with us today….
One of the best things about where I live is that we have a long winter break in January. The second best thing is that my organization has an annual conference in a warm place during that break and we fit in a few days of down time on a beach as part of that trip. My annual ritual includes a new notebook, a favorite pen, and my list of questions in a quiet place to reflect and plan. My list of questions has evolved over the years, incorporating more of my personal values and belief system into what I want to ask myself. Today, I’m sharing my questions with you as a jumping off place for developing your own reflective tradition. I’ll be pondering mine in a couple weeks in a hammock between a couple palm trees.
REFLECTIONS OF THIS YEAR
What was my most fruitful endevour this year?
What am I glad I did even though the fruit is not yet evident?
What is the hardest thing I did in 2013?
And what did I learn from doing it?
Where did I make room for God to do what only He can do in 2013?
Where could I have used a bit more wisdom in 2013?
Who influenced me most in 2013?
Who did I most influence in 2013?
In what ways did I love well this year?
What did I bring to completion in 2013?
What’s still left undone from 2013?
What do I want to do about it?
If I could capture the essence of 2013 in one word, what would it be?
How did God weave my “focus Scripture” for 2013 into my experiences? (Maybe for you, dear reader, it’s your “one word” for the year)
What was the most significant thing I learned in 2013 that I want to carry into 2014?
At the end of 2014, what do I most want to be true about me?
How will I infuse more joy into 2014?
How is God inviting me to cooperate with Him in 2014?
To whom or what will I increase my commitment in 2014?
What relationship would I most like to improve in 2014?
How will I try to enrich someone else’s life this year?
What risk am I willing to take in 2014?
What undeveloped idea/dream/talent would I most like to explore in 2014?
What am I willing to invest effort and time in changing this year?
What aspect of God’s character would I like Him to mark my life with this year?
For some people, it’s helpful to think of these questions in categories such as relationships, work/service, stewardship, primary roles, creativity, health (spiritual, emotional, mental, intellectual, physical) In the comments, I invite you to share one or two of your favorite reflection or reorientation questions with us, or reflect on one of the above questions.
Happy New Year!