On the eve of saying goodbye to 2016, I want to share with you a fun Reflection Guide from Holstee’s Mindful Matters publication. Daily Self-Reflection is a practiced I have learned from sending my son, Travis, to Loyola Academy where they pause daily for self-reflection with the kids, teachers and staff. Loyola Academy is a Jesuit High School established by St. Ignatius Loyola. The goal of the spiritual life, as Ignatius conceived it, is to “choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” This is a dynamic goal. We are to choose—to freely unite ourselves with God. Most of the time this means that we are to join with God in active work in the world. In the Jesuit tradition it is encouraged that one take time daily for self reflection. Use this guide to help you reflect on 2016 and prepare yourself to engage fully into 2017! I have included a song to help you with a dance meditation too!
1. The Good
What went well this year? What were your greatest moments of success? Looking back on positive experiences can encourage you to do more of the same. So go ahead, be proud of what you’ve accomplished!
2. The Bad
Facing our flaws can be tough, but is a necessary part of how we grow. If you want to move forward, you must be honest about where you hope to improve.
3. Career & Work
We recognize that work plays a big part of our day-to-day existence and fulfillment. Evaluate your time at work this year. Think back on any professional changes, big or small.
4. Change & Growth
Life is changing all the time in big ways and small. Many times, change can be great, yet that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Think back on the many transformations
5. Friendship & Love
What would life be without friendships, loved ones and family? Think back on the key people in your life this year. What roles did you play in each others’ lives? How did your relationships change and evolve?
One final, overarching question about your year as a whole: have fun with it!
Keep reflection front of mind.