Do you have any year end rituals?
If your past few weeks have been anything like mine, you’ve been trying to do it all and be it all – for yourself, your loved ones and your business.
Just yesterday, I was in a toy store, thinking curmudgeonly thoughts like, “What is the point?”, “Why do we do this to ourselves every year?” and “I’m too busy for this!”
And then in one moment, an act of kindness by a stranger shifted my mindset from tired to inspired.
Yes, it’s busy. Yes, we’re tired. Yes, it’s one of the busiest months in many businesses. And yes, we’re trying to pull it all off without succumbing to our partner or neighbour’s cold or flu.
What the stranger did is not important. How he did it inspired a shift in me. His sincere helping attitude reminded me that how you think about any busy time is a choice.
In the spirit of sharing, here are a few things I do every Christmas and New Years season that you might choose to find inspiring and restorative, too.
3 Year End Rituals to Inspire Yourself
1. Read Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.
The Alchemist is a fictional tale of a shepherd’s journey and the discovery of his personal legend is mandatory reading for me as each year comes to an end, and a new one begins. It’s magical, in that every time is like the first time, with a new message, because I am at a different stage of my journey each year. There are many layers to the story, but at its core, The Alchemist is a story of both universal forces and self-determination.
According to The Alchemist, “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
2. Commit to a creative date with yourself.
Photography is my creative passion. Whatever your passion, commit to a creative date with yourself. The picture at the top of this email was taken 2 winters ago on one of the coldest days of the year. It’s not always easy to fit in your creative time, but it is always worth how you feel afterwards.
3. Look back to review and look forward to intend your success.
I’ve heard or read many people say how happy they are to be saying goodbye to 2016. Life is too short to resent one day, let alone a whole year. What I think I’m hearing is that 2016 was challenging and that many people felt like their life was taken out of their control by external circumstances.
Year end rituals can make a big difference to your mindset. Look back on this past year in its entirety and find people and things to be grateful for. Opportunities for gratitude are always there. Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to see them:
- people you met
- opportunities you have
- the thing you are most proud of
- challenges that have prepared you for your future.
Then, look forward. You’ve got an entire new calendar year about to open up before you. It’s full of possibility. Even in challenging times creators create, entrepreneurs thrive, people fall in love and are kind to each other.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa and for the rest of you – Happy Festivus! My you inspire yourself and others though the holiday season and into the new year.
Looking for inspiration to take into the new year? Be sure to read Design Your New Year From the Inside Out.