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good life – reflections

Part of cultivating a good life is being regularly and intentionally reflective.

As we draw the curtains on this year of 2014, a lot of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year. We might have a full range of emotions – from regret and hurt to resolve and hope. I personally find the actual process of reflecting to be a very worthwhile and therapeutic way to spend my energy. It is taking that time to be reflective that often brings the moments of clarity that I need. For this reason I’ve been feeling the importance of being more reflective — more often and with even more intent.

Reflecting on the “big picture” is important. Since the time that David and I were married nearly 20 years ago, I have found some of our favorite conversations to be those of a reflective nature. I love to initiate those questions: How are we doing? What are we doing well? Where do we need to improve? What do I need to work on? What should we be doing more of in our family? As we draw a close to this calendar year and begin anew, this is a great time to “think big” and be introspective and set some goals.

What I really want to point out, however, is that reflecting on the “small” stuff should not be overlooked. Taking a few minutes each day to be STILL – truly still and quiet – can be such a meaningful part of our routine and a beautiful way to be reflective on what’s happening around us, how we’re handling it, and what we can do from here.

At the beginning of 2014 I started implementing something in my daily routine that was very intentional and reflective. I haven’t been perfect about keeping up every single day, but most days this year I have spent a few minutes at the end of the day being reflective and writing down one thing I noticed about each of our children in their respective journals. You can read all about that here. I’m pleased to report that this is something I was able to keep up with throughout the year.

The thing about this little exercise is that I was regularly and intentionally reflective. In this case, it was specific to my role as a mother. It was specifically something I wanted to do for my children — but what I found is how much more aware it made me of the little moments, the tiniest details about something they did or said. I have felt more in-the-moment with them, more in love with their personalities, more grateful for the amazing young people that they are.

Reflecting is personal. Whatever this means for you will not be exactly what it means for your best friend or sibling. For me, seeing the sun go down each day is a reflective time for me – even if for just a brief moment. Prayer is also a personally significant way of reflecting on a daily basis. I even find that traveling is usually a reflective time for me. Whatever it is for you, I encourage you to be more intentional and regular with your reflection than ever before.

May blessings be poured into your life as you ring in the new year this week. May you be filled with joy and hope and a resolve to cultivate the best life possible in 2015.


5 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    This is such a great idea and I’m sure just the process of it drew your heart closer to your children…also, thanks for giving the gift of project life! It has meant so much to our family! Happy new year Becky :)

  2. Paula O says:

    Love these thoughts! Thanks for always being real. I’m going to try to journal for each child. I write little ,moments and sayings in their scrapbooks but how neat to reflect on a whole year and years of special moments about each of them! Thanks for inspiration as always

  3. Ronz T says:

    I love the idea of reflecting. I try to do that with prayer as well. As I am reaching my birthday at the end of this week, I am reminded of the importance of making memories each and everyday. Thank you for all that you do!

  4. Rosa says:

    I needed to read this today. Thank you. I used to write in a reflective journal every night, but with life getting so busy it fell off my daily list of things to do. I love reading back on some of the entries I have for my children…. And my kids love when I share those entries with them too. They’re precious to me. This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for that Becky.

  5. Great plan, Becky. I have a page-a-day diary in which I write down all the fun and funny things my 3-year-old twins have been up to each day. It only takes about 10-15 minutes a day to do, but is so lovely to have a “full” history for them. There have been days (and weeks) when it has not been written, but it is so great to capture memories, especially for things that are fleeting and change before you know it. It also makes it easier to do my Project Life pages, too, when I know what we were up to at any particular time!
    It is also great for knowing when they hit the milestones like sitting, standing, walking, talking, etc :) And as you say, for reflecting each day, and noticing the little things more.
    Can I just say thanks again for Project Life. We have a lovely book of memories which I started last April, and also a small Hello December album using the PLxSU products which I love! I have wanted to do an album like this for at least 3 years, but this year it got DONE! I am so proud of myself! It was the simplicity of the product and the idea that made it possible, so thank you so much for inventing the system :)
    Have a fabulous year!