Wisdom Comes From Reflection

It’s that time of year again. Time to set my New Year’s goals and resolutions. Time to settle on my 2018 business plan. Time to think about changes I need to make and things I need to do better. Time to get serious about some very serious goals. If I buckle down, I can:

  1. Finish writing two books next year, not just one
  2. Double my business deals
  3. Learn to meditate
  4. Read 100 books
  5. Get fluent in Spanish

Or . . . I could stay sane. I haven’t decided yet which is more important.

Recently, though, I read something that suggested that experience, knowledge, and skill come from doing, but wisdom comes from reflection. It’s only when we stop and review what we’ve done and how we did it that we truly learn. And it’s important to stop and acknowledge what we’ve accomplished before we rush on to the next thing. This is a message I needed to hear, because “Activator” is one of my strengths, and rushing on is my specialty.

So today, a few writers friends and I did a champagne toast to the things we were most proud of accomplishing this past year. And it felt darn good!

We do so much more than we give ourselves credit for, we humans. Sometimes, just surviving this crazy, chaotic, mixed-up, overwhelming world seems like a monumental achievement.

But it’s also true that we are more than what we “do.” We are what we become. What did you discover this year? What made you happy? What are you glad you did, whether it succeeded or failed? What did you learn? How did you grow? What wisdom have you gained?

Amidst all the holiday pandemonium, I hope you find a few quiet moments to sit and reflect.

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