Sitting down at my desk for the first time in 2016 after seeing in the new year on a Midlands break, it seems an apt time to reflect back on the year that has just passed before turning my thoughts to what is to come. It is funny how one can spend an entire week in a place as restful and undeniably beautiful as the Midlands and not come up with a single reflective thought. Surely these places are supposed to be breeding grounds for inspiration and poetic turnings? And my little piece of heaven in Nottingham Road is no exception.
But even poetry needs effort – and likewise reflection does not happen spontaneously for some (a fact that has only recently hit home for me). Be it simply a moment of conscious appreciation of a location or event, or a thorough time-consuming post-mortem of an experience – true reflection is a doing word.
If there is one thing that I have learnt from the year 2015, it is the value of conscious and intentional reflection. Humans are, by nature, a lazy race. Like water, we always choose the path of least resistance unless otherwise pushed. Why change when you can remain the same? Reflection is one of the simplest means to facilitating change and thus growth, in the way you think and act. It forces you to come face to face with mistakes and to understand why, to avoid a repeat episode. It reminds you of successes and creates room for gratitude and celebration.
Here is my top reflection for 2015:
What moves you? It is the name of our blog and the inspiration for our thoughts. What makes your heart beat a little faster, the corners of your lips turn up in a semi-smile? What grabs your attention and will not let go? Is it music, is it words, is it dance? Is it a leafy forest, a running wave, a rolling hill? A patient once told me something that I have never forgotten – ‘you will never maintain a healthy exercise routine unless you choose something you enjoy’. Rocket Science? Hardly! But revolutionary and universally applicable? Definitely. If we find what moves us, what makes us tick, we are far more likely to take hold of it and run with it and make something meaningful and worthwhile of it in the context of our current lives.
My goal for 2016 is to continue to find what moves me, and to chase hard after those things.
I encourage you to do the same.