Maria Elizabeth

The Journey, Not the Destination

At the close of a year, I think it is right and natural to reflect on what it has brought to us and what we have brought to it. Where are we with the hopes, intentions and goals that we entered the year with? How do we feel about the path of the last year? Satisfaction? Accomplishment? Frustration? Disappointment? Continued hopefulness? Exhaustion?

What you feel and examining those feelings through the lens of the intentions and goals you set at the beginning of the year can tell you alot about the ground you've gained, victories, where you need to correct and tweak and where things are balanced. It can be used as catharsis and a means to renew enthusiasm and vigor. It can be a means to see what you need to free and what has earned its place in your life.

Find a quiet space and moment at this end of the year to reflect, mourn, rejoice. Appreciate and celebrate everything that this year has brought you. But most of all, celebrate you: your integrity, intricacies, your uniqueness and inherent value. Celebrate your victories, your losses, your loves, your frustrations, family, friends, music, art. Celebrate you. Celebrate life.

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