The year seems in limbo this week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The work and excitement of Christmas is history, and what the new year holds is just beyond the horizon. It is a time of reflection--on what has transpired this year, and what our expectations are for the coming year. It is a also a time to think about our blessings and our trials and to be thankful for both.
It is easy to be thankful for those good things that transpired, but just as important to give thanks for the problems, for these have built our inner strength, forced us to look beyond ourselves. When we meet those who are experiencing what we have experienced, we are able to give comfort and wisdom, and possibly make a difference in their lives.
It is also a time to set goals for the future--things that will enrich our body, soul and spirit. So in this week of retrospection, I want to evaluate the past and plan for the future.