Holiday hiatus days

Cappuccino, espresso, americano and latte coffee

These few days are a little strange, aren’t they? Not quite the end of the holidays, but definitely in that streeetchy time between the Yuletide festivities and the start of a new year.

Some of us will be feeling a little, er, over-nourished and physically ill at ease. Some of us have faced our first holiday season without a loved one. Some of us have been lonely, or ill, some have tried not to think about the whole thing, some have enjoyed it immensely. Or combinations of the above. And it’s easy to feel a little bit odd right now, as we wait for our lives to get back to whatever is normal for us.

To take advantage of these in-between days, it’s a really great time to do what writer and traveler Chris Guillebeau calls the Annual Review.

So let’s grab a cup of coffee or whatever your pleasure is and have a think about this.

Looking back at the year just about to leave us can be a creative and eye-opening opportunity. Where did you focus your energy and attention? How much time did you spend doing what you really love? What went well, what didn’t, what plans had to be slightly or radically rethought.

(Wo)Man plans and God laughs!

What do you want to happen in 2015? How can you adjust your course to follow what your heart longs for?

There are several practical tools to help with this process. Chris Guillebeau’s is at the link above. I’ve found it hugely helpful in the past. This year, I’m going to try another tack, which is Susannah Conway’s workbook Unravelling the Year Ahead. I hadn’t heard of her until a couple of days ago when someone on Facebook mentioned her. So far I rather like her approach.

But it doesn’t really matter what tools you use. It can be enormously helpful just to sit down and think about what you really want from life and how best to set out on the right path for this year, even while knowing you’ll reach unexpected twists and potholes. I do feel strongly that as we grow older, it’s more important than ever to focus on what brings us joy.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. (Dr Howard Thurman)


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