Ten Questions Really Worth Asking: Your End of Year Reflection

Looking Back so you can Look Ahead
For many years I have done an "end of the year reflection." I look back over the year, remember what happened, reflect on those things and then seek to discern meaning, purpose and lessons learned. Then, I look ahead to the new year and I make plans for the new year. These are not simply resolutions, although my RESOLVE is high. These are things I desire, things I deem important and valuable. Therefore, these resolutions are framed as goals and desired outcomes.

Gratitude, the Source of Happiness

I recently had the pleasure of spending time with one of my grandsons which often brings new insights into who I am and how I think.  We had worked on a carpentry project together which included going to the local hardware store, cutting the wood and beginning the assembly process.  I made sure that he was actively involved in each step.  We had some good conversations and interactions.  At the end of the day I asked him what was the best part of the day and he said that I had given him a piece of gum at the store.  'Really' I thought, that was the best part of the day?  As we discovered later he had told his Mom that he got to build a project with Papa which was encouraging.  As I thought more about his response I realized that I look at life the same way as he does.  God does some amazing things in my life and I focus on the little and pr
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