It’s getting to be near the end of the year. People are already making their countdowns and feeling the pressure of shopping for Christmas, totally looking past Thanksgiving (basically looking over Halloween, too) toward December and the annual dying of the year and the birth of another.
For me, especially as I’ve gotten older, November turns into a time of reflection for me. I take some time and I look back over what I’ve done, what I have left to do, and I wonder if I can get those things done in a thoughtful and measured manner within my own personal deadline.
Why do we look back?
I believe it is because we want to measure ourselves from year to year. To see where we’ve been, how we’ve gotten there, and in turn, to help us see where we’re going (or at least would like to be). We look back so we can see what does and doesn’t work, and to make changes. It shouldn’t be a knee-jerk thing. It should be done with mindfulness and consideration.
Looking back is a tool, and like with any and all tools, it should be used wisely. Hopefully, as we look back, we have the needed emotional distance in order to see things correctly. It would be a shame to let emotion cloud our vision and warp what it is that we see. That warping could then lead to an inaccurate view of what needs to happen in the future.
So during this month, I’ll be looking back. I’ve had an eventful year, both professionally and personally. Some changes are still happening, and others are complete with an eye already looking toward the future. I hope to use my time for reflection wisely in order to make the next year a better one.