We do all sorts of life assessments particularly during this time of the year. We are either super happy or super sad, but rarely content. While I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many, many years ago, I still reflect on the attribute(s) in my life that are better this year than last. We become vain and bitter when we compare ourselves with others. We become alienated when we try extremely hard to conform to being what others are instead of being our better selves.
This morning, I thought about that question, “Am I better off this year than I was this time last year?” While I would typically take that question and use it as a barometer for evaluating my financial or materialistic success this year versus last year, I thought differently this time. I discovered I gained more and am better off in critical areas of my life that are more valuable than what money could ever buy.
Much has occurred this year on so many levels that rocked our world extremely hard in many situations. I widened my telescope on where we are in the world and I say in spite of the natural disasters (floods, tornadoes, wildfires, sinkholes, earthquakes), the chaos and confusion that seems to continue elevating on our national front, the ongoing wars and multilevel terrorism that coats many territories around the world, the tragic deaths our families experienced, the health crisis we faced and other disappointments that shattered our world, somehow I still try to find a ray of hope, joy, peace and see ordinary people doing some remarkable and extraordinary things.
Adversities, although they challenged every fabric of my being, made me a better person. I learned, released, renewed and recharged throughout this year and I admit, just when everything looked like it was falling apart and crashing all around me, my spiritual self found a way to forgive quicker, love more, rise and soar higher. So tell me, are you better off this year than you were this time last year?