As 2013 is coming to a close, every person has probably already started to look back at the year that has gone. It is human nature to always stop and think if the year that you’ve been through is essentially good or bad. But how exactly do you reflect on the past year? A single year can contain multiple memories of happiness, regret, peace, loss, heartache, or love.
Do you measure… through Success?
This year may have been a good year for you professionally. You might have gotten promoted or you finally got the dream job you’ve always wanted. We all know how difficult it is to find your place in the world let alone a career that you can truly pursue. Through dedication and hardwork, this year may have been the one that made things click.
On the other hand, maybe you’re just in the middle of the journey, finding your niche in a career that you can call your own. In whatever point you are in your professional life, a year is a long time to gauge whether or not it has been a good one for you.
Do you measure… in Moments?
Normally, when people reflect about this year, they remember them in moments – the overwhelming feeling of excitement at the beginning of the year, the valentines date that had gone so perfectly, the summer trip you and your friends had, your memorable birthday that marked another milestone in your life, that difficult event you had for work that took away so many hours of your life, the feeling of losing someone you love dearly, the Christmas you spent with your family, and many more.
Reflecting on something, especially as long as a year, come in moments; moments of impact that changed the course of the year whether you notice them or not. They can be brief or even a long period of time, but be it as they may, these are the flashes in your memory that light up when you look back. You probably don’t remember what happened on a specific date, but you do remember what you did and the experiences that you felt. Good or bad experiences, these moments in a year are precious, momentous, and unforgettable.
Do you measure… in Love?
Do you know the song Seasons of Love from the Broadway Musical rent? “Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes – how do you measure a year in the life? How about love?” Yeah that song. It makes perfect sense right? Well, how do you measure in love? Do you measure the love that came your way through a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife or a birth of a child? Do you measure the love of your family and the growth you experience with each of your siblings or parents? Do we also measure through the friendships with other people that have been forged in the course of twelve months? On the other hand, did you experience the loss of a love this year? Do you measure your breakup or losing someone in death?
We measure in love – how much we have loved and how we are loved in return. We love when we are happy and fulfilled, and we also extend that love especially when we’ve been hurt or lost.
As the year comes to a close, measure the love that you experienced in the past and the love that envelops you now. Remember the people who loves or have loved you and the people you love yourself. Though love can be intangible and even immeasurable, we always choose to love because it is worthwhile. Hopefully, by the end of the year, you and I can say that we have loved and have been loved by others.
Of course, you can measure your year whatever you like – success, moments, love, or any other thing. It is your year. In looking back to a long year, you not only relive the memorable moments that you’ve experienced, but you also assess the person you are now. You look back to the instances that shape this exact moment in time. You look at yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually and try to measure how far you’ve gone compared to twelve months ago. In the end, you’re the only person who can measure your year so measure it with an open mind a patient heart.