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The Tale of Two Decembers

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

One of my goals for 2013 is to put myself out there as a blogger. I’ve written about my hopes, dreams goals and heart aches on the pages of dozens of journals over the span of 20+ years. In reading back through those entries as well as online entries of other bloggers, I sense that I have something to share. As another blogger wrote, “the world needs to hear your voice.” I hope my postings offer food for thought, affirmations for your own feelings, or a force that motivates you to make a positive change in your own life. These postings are from my personal perspective and hold no judgment of those whose life views and experiences are different. With only a few days left in this present year, I am sliding in under the wire with first entry with what I hope is a timely message.

The Tale of Two Decembers

The month of December is essentially defined by the holiday season. Does everyone really feel like the song that starts out with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?” Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the carols and colorful lights. I have been blessed with a wonderful family whom I love dearly and truly enjoy spending time with. Even so, I feel twinges of melancholy within this atmosphere of celebration and joy. Why? While added demands and stress can play a part, December also marks the passage of a year in a way that most of our birthdays cannot.

I really connect with John Lennon’s lyrics “and so this is Christmas and what have you done…another year over and a new one just begun.” December reminds me that time marches on; another year has come and is now almost gone. Do I feel discontent because I haven’t accomplished all that I set out to do? Absolutely! With each passing year, I do make progress toward my goals, I experience new things and I let go of things that no longer serve me well. Some things gained; some lost. As human beings, I believe we have an innate drive to move forward and press onward. We have that ability to realize that we can be better and are often acutely aware of when we fall short.

So this December, as the whirlwind of gatherings, eating and obligations start to wind down, take some time alone to see where you find yourself as the year draws to a close. How far have you come in your life during this single journey around the sun? Can you pause long enough to give yourself credit for those steps forward whether giant steps, baby steps or stumbling steps, and celebrate your progress?

If you are already thinking of how you are going to better yourself in 2014, first write down the growth and progress you made in 2013. What new things did you experience? What things did you let go? How are you a different person from a year ago today? Try and cultivate a sense of gratitude for those changes. They serve as strands in the fabric of who you are going forward. Then use that gratitude as a platform to stand tall and see a broader view of what you can become in 2014.

 

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