Wisdom for the new year

Party streamersThe brilliant American physicist Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” As the official end of the calendar year 2010 draws to a close, it is a good time to consider what we have learned over the past year. Whether through moments of joy or sorrow, we can gain a great deal of wisdom from studying our past and better prepare ourselves for our future.

Some ideas to ponder include:

  • How have I grown in my relationships with loved ones?
  • What challenges have I faced? How have I overcome those challenges?
  • What am I thankful for that I once took for granted?
  • What situations were difficult for me, but taught me valuable lessons?
  • How did I make a difference in my community, career or world?
  • How was my life touched by someone else?
  • Which moments brought me joy? Sadness? Fear? Hope?
  • What positive steps did I take to create more happiness in my life?
  • How have I been blessed?

When we can appreciate and learn from our past, we can create a brighter future. Take a few moments to summarize the lessons you can take from 2010 to start 2011 with fresh optimism.

Happy New Year!