Each January I like to spend some time reflecting on the previous year in the hopes of integrating lessons learned and then clear the decks for the new year. Some questions I ask are:

  • What was my biggest disappointment last year and what did I learn from it?
  • From whom would I ask forgiveness and to whom would I extend forgiveness?
  • What is my greatest success last year that I’ll carry with me?
  • What will be my intention for this year?

When I’m reflecting, I think of the following poem:

Live Your Best Life
By Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the others welcome,
and stay, sit her. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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