It is that time of year when I start to reflect on the past year.
For some, they write annual letters and send cards to family and friends, to share the events of the past year.
I was speaking with a Coaching client last week and they commented that they had many great things that happened to them in 2010, but they didn't write the details down.
There is real advantage of this for many reasons. You can reflect all all that you have accomplished, even if it is small and insignificant at the time.
Another aspect of reflection for me is what may have went wrong and how did I handle it? In hindsight, were things as bad as I actually thought that they would be at the time? In many cases, they were not as bad.
I too reflect on my actions....or lack of action.
The definition of reflection is:
Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as a reflecting mind.
Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface.
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Upon reflection for me:
I have many amazing people in my life, including family and wonderful friends.
It's ironic that I am today sending out my Blog post later than normal, largely due to the fact that I was away all weekend and just arrived home this morning. I had an amazing experience that just happened to me less than 60 minutes ago. As I was driving I saw an elderly couple walking to their snow covered car, and as they walked straight down the road, I thought, "perhaps I have met these people for a reason" as they further delayed my morning schedule. As I looked in my rearview mirror, I looped back to their vehicle, as I discovered they were now stuck in a solid, snowed packed ridge of snow. I pulled over and started to assist, but realized it would take more than just me to make it happen. Within minutes there were 4 of us helping and strategizing to get them out (without shovels in hand). As we collaborated a moment we managed to push the couple out and they were on their way. The truly amazing part of the story was when all four guys (including me) said "great job guys" and wished each other Merry Christmas and shook hands and went on our way.
As I drove away I reflected on the experience and thought, I am sure glad that the elderly couple delayed my morning schedule. Upon reflection, I was pleased with the man in my mirror.
I will end with a powerful message from the song "Man in the Mirror", by the late Michael Jackson.....
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place And Then Make A Change
When you look in the mirror and see your image reflecting back, are you happy with the reflection?
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Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating!
"Helping you to the next level"