Here we are again, the point in time when one year ends and another begins. Many of you might simply want to focus on getting your hair just right for tonight’s party and others already know you won’t be up to see the clock chime.
Ringing in a new year means celebration, even if it’s in your PJ’s cuddled up on the couch (asleep or not). Our celebrations are a reflection of completing another year, or simply surviving that year. We celebrate with anticipation what lies ahead. We vow to do better, feel better, look better.
The unsettling feeling of what wasn’t accomplished grips us, it moves us toward resolution. We will overcommit and overindulge in preparation of the coming year. Ready or not, another year is upon us. But instead of focusing what’s ahead simply for resolution’s sake, let us reflect.
Reflecting on 2016 allows us to consider what stones might have been left unturned or the ones we laughed at in intimidation. Then there are the stones that we poured blood, sweat, and tears over. I want us to look back, spend some time there today (and the coming days), then look toward 2017 with newness and gladness.
Reflecting on 2016: 17 Questions to Ask Yourself
It might help if you wrote these thoughts in a journal as you go, but do whatever works best for your learning style.
- What was your highest high this year? Why?
- What new hobby did you pick up this year?
- 10 years from now what will you be most proud of from 2016?
- What’s your proudest accomplishment for your home?
- Are you, your spouse, and kids mostly happy at home? Why or why not?
- How can you find more peace and joy at home?
- Who are you most thankful for this year?
- Is there are relationship you’d like to amend? How?
- Are you satisfied with the relationships in your life? Why or why not?
- Who did you help this year?
- What was your lowest low this year?
- What lesson(s) did you learn this year?
- Were you able to heal any hurts this year?
- What activities, hobbies, etc from this year felt like “drainers” and not “contributors”?
- 10 years from now will these things even matter? Will you be glad you spent so much on them?
- What activity/hobby do you want to spend more time on?
- In what ways were you able to bless others?
By asking these questions, it’s my hope that you’re able to think back on the year you just had and remember. I hope you’re able to close books that need to be closed and pursue areas that need pursuing. Use these categories and questions as a starting block to dig yourself deeper in reflection.
At the end of this reflection time you may be primed to set your sights on 2017. Dream big, love fiercely, try again. Blessings to you and yours this new year.