For just this moment I ask you to set aside the never-ending focus of the mainstream media on the truly painful events in the outside world. In this moment let us acknowledge and have gratitude for our personal victories. For they are momentous.
In order to appreciate and honour how much you have changed personally during the past year consider the following little exercise. It only takes 10 or 20 minutes and it may be as helpful for you as it has been for me. Get out a pen and sheet of paper.
Ask yourself if you have any regrets about something you have done or have felt in 2012? Have there been any:
- or fears
that you would like to get off your chest? Write them down right now.
Acknowledge them and with gratitude let them go… Blessings, blessings and blessings!
If you like, toss that sheet of paper into the garbage can or even better, a fire. Make a ceremony of it and celebrate it like you’ve had a good dump! Good riddance.
Now, ask yourself, in this past year have you been grateful for:
- any person you’ve met
- or anything that has happened to you?
Write it down and continue.
What challenges have you had to face? And how have those challenges helped you?
Again write it down.
How have you improved in your:
- and personal life?
Have you been able to:
- exercise compassion more fully,
- express gratitude more often,
- or step outside of your comfort zone?
What accomplishments can you celebrate?
What dreams came true?
What new skills, insights or wisdom did you acquire?
How were you able to express love for yourself, for others and for life?
What personal strengths did you discover?
What served as a catalyst for your growth?
What can you forgive yourself for?
Thank you, thank you and thank you!
May there be peace in our hearts.
May there be peace for all humanity.
May there be perfect peace on earth.
I appreciate your comments and feedback.
Thanks to Aine Belton.