Recently a friend, through their writing, introduced me to the idea of Reflection Season. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, they focus on a period of reflection over the past year and preparation for the year to come.
I love this idea for a few reasons.
First – Most of us pause during the holidays. It’s a time when work slows down, we travel, see friends and family, and have the opportunity to step away from our daily routine and have the conversations needed to reflect.
Second – Reflection should be paired with gratitude. If we don’t have the right frame of mind, it’s easy to take the wrong lesson from a situation. By having more time, and extending reflection through a season of generosity, gratitude, and deep relationships, we are more likely to take the right lessons from our reflection.
Finally – A season of reflection gives the chance to experiment. If I’m considering a new routine or commitment, I can start during this season and make adjustments before the new year if it’s not working out.
Most of us probably already set resolutions over the past few days. If that hasn’t been a fulfilling process, consider what a season of reflection might look like next year, and prepare for it now.
I’ll share a few thoughts I came away from this reflection season with in the next few days. Until then, stay encouraged and enjoy the start to the new year.