Reflection and Preparation

So 2016 is coming to a swift and cold end. I’m not going to indulge in politics, left, right, liberal or conservative. I just want to talk about reflection and preparation.

Reflection is not just the mirror’s response, but it’s also the evaluation of previous experiences and the lessons taken from them.

For instance, giving love and companionship a chance. At the same time, having enough respect for yourself and the strength to know when it’s time to let go, walk away, move on. If they’re toxic, if it threatens your peace or family, shut it down. Thank you for the lesson.

Once upon a time, everything was fine except you were ready and they were not. So naturally things change and the fun fades. When it’s revisited, things not being the same as before ends up being the reason it can’t happen, the time when they weren’t ready. Makes perfect sense. Thank you for the lesson.

The most challenging uphill battle youve ever faced starts to become less stressful. Less painful. More peaceful. More hopeful. It makes the process of parenthood and coparenting that much more of a blessing. Thank you for the lessons (and blessings).

You call it God’s work because it’s how you feel. To drop everything and commit yourself to helping someone who needed it. These things are challenging but if it feels like the righteous thing to do, go for it. Expect nothing in return but effort to avoid the darkness of the past. I’m proud of you. Thank you for the lesson.

A casual friendship that escalates quickly. Maybe it was just a game, who knows. One who speaks so highly on Faith yet unfaithful. Perfection you called it, what you always wanted. And just like that it was gone. With so much going on, I will pray for you regardless. No worries, your secrets are safe with me. To be honest, this one hurt the most, but thank you for the lesson.

Just a few meaningful reflections. Some great and painful lessons. Things to grow from. Things to build upon. Loads you choose to or not to carry with you into 2017. And that brings us to the preparation.

Resolutions are nothing more than goals. They shouldn’t happen once a year or at the change of years. These should be common, regular, ongoing. So in preparing, avoid mistakes from your past. By all means, make your health a priority. You only get one life. Be it children, job or education, handle your responsibilities. Be a hero to your children. Motivate and inspire others to achieve goals and promote positivity. Turn a blind eye to hatred, bigotry, ignorance, sexism, racism. Fight for your rights. Fight for equality. Fight for peace. May your God be your guide. Be honest. Be open minded. Be uniquely and completely you. Be happy, not just content. Be brave, don’t fear necessary change. Much of what you endure is per your own choices. So I hope you’re prepared. Happy New Year.

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