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To say this year took some unexpected turns is an understatement. I have always been someone who prefers routine and stability – I really don’t like change. So when big change came knocking it caused me considerable stress. In fact, it flattened me for a number of months both physically and mentally. On the whole, it was not an easy year. Somehow within the difficulty, or maybe because of it, I have also had some of my biggest personal growth and best creative ideas. I’m glad this year is almost over, but I’m also very grateful for the things I’ve learned.
I have learned that we are all capable of much more than we imagine. We have a huge capacity for change and growth. I’ve learned that everything has a cost, that the particular struggle and difficulty we are willing to tolerate will determine what we are able to achieve. I have learned that fear is contagious but so is courage, that small choices made regularly have more power than big intention without follow through. I have learned that health is precious – what you eat, how you manage stress, how much you sleep and exercise all make a difference. I have learned that the shadowed perception we have of ourselves often becomes our reality. Most importantly, I have learned that we always have a choice as to how we are going to behave, and our choices matter because over time those choices become the fabric of who we are. Choose courage and you become courageous. Choose kindness and you become kind. Choose compassion and you become compassionate.
If last year was the year of discovery and growth, next year will be the year of possibilities.