Your Best Year Yet

Each year-end I meet up with some friends and we look over the previous year- the highs, the lows, the good and the bad. It’s informal yet it’s hugely insightful as we take stock of the year behind us and what the following year could look like.

There is a book called The Best Year Yet by Jinny S Ditzler. Here are the 10 questions that she uses, and I’d say they’re pretty good.

1. What did I achieve?

2. What were my biggest disappointments?

3. What did I learn?

4. How did I limit myself and how can I stop?

5. What are my personal values?

6. What roles do I play in my life?

7. Which role is my major focus for next year?

8. What are my goals for each role?

9. What are my top ten goals for each role?

10. How can I make sure that I achieve my top ten goals?

I hope that 2011 is a good year for you, where you leave behind any pain and frustrations of 2010 (where possible). May you learn all you need to learn, find healing for the mistakes and regrets, celebrate your successes and victories, enjoy your loved ones, know that you’re loved and valued and ongoingly be shaped and honed into the fullness of who you can be. What a precious gift life is.

Allow me to leave you with a beautiful poem from the late John O’Donohue, who shares his precious life-giving words, as you enter into 2011.

May the light of your soul guide you.

May the light of your soul bless the work that you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.

May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

May you be present in what you do.

May you never become lost in the bland absences.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

John O’Donohue– Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World

Here’s to living life to the full in 2011. With love, Caleb X

  • Hilary

    Others have encouraged me in the past to keep a journal, which would obviously be useful to look back on 2010 and answer the questions posed. As the years go by it seems harder to recall what happened and when, so perhaps it is about time to document my experiences and make more of an effort to assess life before ‘the little grey cells’ disintegrate completely! Also, I would probably manage my time better if I set clear goals for the future.

    I’ll pass on the Celtic words of wisdom to a friend who spends a lot of time in the Iona Community.

    Love the photo but hope we don’t get disruption to life due to more heavy snowfalls in the near future!


    • Caleb Storkey

      Sounds like you’ve been given some great advice on the journal front. Go for it! I started keeping a journal when I was about 11 and have kept one on and off ever since. That does remind me of my school mates nicking my journal and reciting over the top emotional passages following unrequited love and her other boyfriend ‘Leo- the name is like a dagger through my heart.’ Oh boy, I am chuckling now at the embarrassing memories of it all. But it hasn’t put me off! No maam! Like you mentioned, to be able to go back and look over what has happened over the years is such an enriching experience. I find the balance between a ‘Goals’ based focus to a journal, and a time to reflect a hard one to meet. The goals would be a lot better if time was made to reflect and sit to sense the right way forward more. And having made the time to draw aside and sit to reflect, I’d not want to be too comtemplative that nothing gets done. I think generally however I need more reflection time than action time.

      Thanks for the comment Hilary.