I am a true Midwesterner. Born and raised here, I LOVE this time of year. I love giving presents, finding excuses to eat butter cookies, and layering up in cozy sweaters and scarves. I say, bring on the snow and ice and sleet! I realize that I'm walking on thin ice in the company of some of my summer-loving friends, but there is something life affirming about the bracing temperatures and daring elements. More than anything, I love the end of the calendar year because it is the time I use to reflect on all the events of the previous eleven months and find reasons to celebrate goals met and not yet met.
Here's a partial list of goals met that I'm celebrating this year:
Good health for me and loved ones
Completing another half-marathon
Collaborating with some new friends on a chamber music project
Adding to staff at the Center with the addition of Meghan R., Certified Coach
The cats we adopted last year have finally adopted us into their hearts, too
Here's a partial list of goals not yet met that I'm celebrating too:
Haven't yet learned a piece of music I have my heart set on learning
Haven't yet run a personal best time at the half marathon
Haven't yet completed a creative project I started in the summer
Haven't yet cleaned out old files and organized what's left
Haven't yet committed to more volunteer opportunities
Even though I didn’t meet some of the goals that I set at the beginning of 2017, I celebrate all of it. I feel grateful for the things that have worked out as planned and I’m also learning how to “be with” the things that didn’t go the way I hoped. It means accepting that there were all kinds of barriers that kept some goals out of reach, and some of those barriers are aspects of myself that need growth. And, I’m celebrating that too—learning how to regard my inner barriers with compassion and patience. Taking inventory of the things not yet met encourages me to pause, reset, and then reevaluate my vision for the year to come. By choosing to rejoice that there is time to continue moving forward, I can see infinite opportunities to heal, grow, and become even more of who I am.
As 2017 comes to a close, I want to express my deep thanks and appreciation for your readership and participation in the events here at the Center for Vitality and Balance. In the coming year, here at CVB we are setting goals and looking for innovative ways to bring you more content that is of value and meaning to support you in reaching your goals for healing, growing and becoming.
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I send warm and healing thoughts to each of you as you lean into all the things you experienced this year. May you find wonderful ways to express gratitude for the good things that unfolded and may you deepen awareness and appreciation for the ways in which we can each heal, grow, and become.
All the BEST for the New Year and be well!