Today’s post is the second in a series of posts designed to help usher you into the new year. (Click here to read To A Meaningful Year: Rest.) And today I have a very special challenge for you.
One of the things Alan and I do every year around this time is a bit of reflection. Not like an oh hey, remember that thing garden variety of reflection. A full-blown list of everything the year held – personal and professional achievements, things we’ve built and done, farm animals we’ve gained and lost, connections we’ve made.
See, years are not good or bad. They’re simply containers filled with experiences – some fun, some sweet, some hopeful, some melancholy, some powerful, some somber. It’s our job to honor them in the way they most deserve.
What I love most about doing this is realizing just how much a year can hold. It allows us to take a moment to appreciate how the year was jammed full of life, even if all we initially remember are a handful of things. When we truly dive in, reminding each other of various things, peeking back into our photos or social media, we’re inevitably struck by just how much we lived, learned, did, and experienced.
Plus, lately we’ve kept these reflections in a single beautiful but well worn notebook. After a handful of years of doing this, we have a time-capsule of sorts – a book of memories of our time here on the farm.
So my challenge to you today is this:
Set aside an afternoon or evening to reminisce. Grab a notebook (the more beautiful the better), your favorite writing utensil, and something cozy to drink. Reflect on everything 2023 contained from things you’ve done, places you traveled, connections you made, things you learned, and anything else that pops into your mind.
Start analog and work brainstorming style. If you have family members who might join in, let them.
Once you’ve exhausted your collective memories, take a peek at your smartphone or social media feed to see if there’s anything you missed.
Then, take a moment to fully appreciate all that the year held.