Okay, I know it’s a little early, but from the bottom of my heart Happy New Year!
Watching the snow fall during a recent storm here in the East, I thought about how those tiny little flakes gather together to make a beautiful, wondrous mess.
So many insignificant pieces falling separately yet weaving a blanket powerful enough to overwhelm even the most prepared cities. For some, the snow is the white Christmas they have been waiting for. For others waiting in airports, it is an inconvenient mess.
I thought about how people, like snowflakes, rarely make much of an impact without each other. At the end of 2013, whether you see your current life as a peaceful, White Christmas dream or a hot mess, I encourage you to reflect on who were the people in 2013 that helped you achieve your goals, move through the rough patches, pushed you to quit a bad habit, brought you joy? They make up the random tribe of snowflakes with whom you share this life, who lend your life purpose and power, who ground you and keep you from spinning pointlessly in mid-air.
No matter whether your life looked “better” to you in your mind’s eye or seemed more challenging then, now is an excellent time, before you start pressuring yourself with New Year resolutions, to evaluate the year in terms of growth and the people who supported it. Look back and remember who and where you were last year at this time. What challenges seemed insurmountable that in hindsight are not? What habits did you let go of or grow out of?
Take a minute to remember those moments of freedom; some may be big, others tiny. Silently thank the swirl of people around you that helped make growth possible. Hold those people dear in your heart, and head into the New Year feeling good about yourself and them.
Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings health, happiness and peace for you and those you care about most.