New Year’s Letter to Yourself

New Year’s Letter to Yourself

toot a hornIt’s here! Ready or not – Happy 2016! This past week we were encouraged to look back and evaluate accomplishments, remember loved ones past, celebrate new beginnings…

Some people are able to focus on only the good that has happened in the year –And good for them! We should celebrate achievements!  Make note of those accomplishments.

It is interesting how a New Year will encourage us to reminisce about the past.  If regrets about yesterday’s decisions and actions help you do better today, then they have served a useful purpose.

Seth Godin suggests:

 “Most of the time, we use regrets to keep us from moving forward. They paralyze us in the face of possibility. We don’t want to do something if it reminds us of that black hole we have in our past.

 It’s useful if you can forgive yourself, because the regrets you’re carrying around are keeping you from holding onto the possibility that you can contribute even more tomorrow.”

BlessedA few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my dear great-aunt.  She was quite possibly the sweetest, most kind-hearted, selfless, generous woman I have ever known.  I will truly miss her.

Death brings about so many emotions and questions.  I am certain my dear aunt left this world with few, if any, regrets about the life she lived.  She invested so much of herself into the lives of so many children, most of whom were of no relation.  She simply loved people and saw value where other people saw nothing.

Selfless —the word I would use to describe my aunt Patty.

When reflecting on accomplishments for the year, I would be remiss if I did not mention a big project I completed.  Someone in the office described it as though I had just given birth to my first child.  It truly felt that way.  And when I saw the finished product (aka: my baby), I was so grateful to be a part of such an encouraging team that allowed me to contribute in this way.  I always knew that I wanted to be a part of a project like that.  Maybe I doubted my abilities.

I am so thankful to be a part of a team that sees my strengths even before I know what they are and will allow me to capitalize on them.  Actually, the entire process highlighted the individual strengths and passions of everyone in the office.   What a great way to end the year!

tabula rasa

In looking forward to 2016, I am eager to begin working our plan.  We will drop the things that did not work for us and begin anew.  There is ample possibility.  We have a plan.  And we have a clean slate —A tabula rasa.  Now let’s get to work!

We are letting go of the black hole (whether personal or professional) and facing the blank slate, head on.  Watch out everyone! Look out Grant County!

We have a 1:1 match to meet.  We have causes to fund.  We have donors to honor.  We have stories to tell.  This is going to be an amazing year!

Cheers to looking forward! Cheers to Grant County!  Cheers to Giving Where You Live!

 

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