We intuitively save the best for last: giving gifts, dessert, fireworks, etc. The same goes for the last day of the year…it’s also the best day of the year. It offers an incredible opportunity to learn from your experiences, grow from your mistakes and evolve into who it is you want to be. As you reflect back, it’s likely you view this past year through one of two lenses: scarcity or abundance.
Scarcity: I could have done better, I should have done it that way, I would have done that instead, I didn’t meet my expectations, it was her fault, I didn’t have enough money, knowledge, influence, control or foresight. No matter what you do, it’ll never be enough and that’s an exhausting way to live.
Abundance: I did the best I could with what I had, I could have done it other ways but I respected my intuition have learned from those experiences, the space between my expectations and reality is called humility, it wasn’t anyone’s fault but I assume all accountability, I didn’t have everything but I put forth effort, I operated with integrity, I honored my commitments, I lived passionately and am learning to love myself in the process. No matter what you do, it’s never a reflection of your self-worth and that’s a liberating way to live.
Invest some time today to reflect on this last day of the year. Going forward, keep a little journal of monthly highlights so it doesn’t all feel like a blur. Wherever you sense you’re becoming critical of yourself (scarcity), instead, align yourself with a spirit of self-compassion, kindness, generosity, understanding and love (abundance). You can save the best for last for many things except love, love first.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Dr. Wayne Dyer