I received a list of thoughtful questions from a dear one.
Answering these questions might be an excellent end-of-year exercise to rouse my sluggish brain cells out of their post-Christmas sugar stupor!
(If you also would like some brain exercise, feel free to answer one of the questions ~ post your answer in the comment area below!)
- If the last year could be summed up in one word, what would it be? Doors. Doors are pathways to growth, discovery and change. There were subtle but real changes in our family; new job opportunities, new friendships, and new “life tributaries” that occurred in our growing young adult children. They are blossoming into their own persons. This is hard sometimes for a mother. I must bite my tongue when older children don’t automatically mimic our parental ideals. God is molding them uniquely; they have brains, prayers and dreams of their own.
- What are two or three major themes that kept occurring? Change. Reality. Release.
- What did I accomplish this year that I am most proud of? Small internal victories, like: Holding my tongue at the exact right time. Deciding to wait and listen before reacting. Asking another question instead of responding emotionally. Ignoring a perceived offense rather than retaliate with a sarcastic / witty comeback. Choosing faith instead of worry. (These might seem like itsy bitsy successes hardly worthy of mentioning, and they might have only happened once or twice in all of the 365 days of 2018. But to me, they seemed to be larger accomplishments than completing an Ironman triathlon….)
- What do I feel I should have been acknowledged for, but wasn’t? Hmmm….I will think about this one…or maybe I shouldn’t dig around to find something?
- What disappointments or regrets did I experience this year? Spending time doing unimportant, useless, time-wasting things.
- What was missing from my year as I look back? Nothing that I can think of.
- What were some major life lessons I learned this year? Time passes faster than I think it can or want it to.
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
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Questions adapted from Lore Wilbert ~ http://www.sayable.net/about/