A great way to come to closure at the end of a year is to think about what went on during the year and capture the key elements on a poster board (or flip chart paper). The result is a concise map that captures some of the key elements of the year. If you have a partner or family, this can be a great exercise for everyone.
First, have each person spend some time privately responding to the prompts listed below. Then get together and capture your items on paper. You don’t have to answer every item and you may want to add your own ideas. Just use the following as a starting point. You can work your answers into linear lists or make creative graphic interweavings – whatever visual style you prefer.
This process can provide a momento of the past year, as well as providing guidance for the year ahead, as you reflect on the choices, priorities and actions you took (and didn’t take).
Reflect on the following items:
- Favorite trip or vacation
- Memorable moment with each of your family members
- Most important accomplishment (personal – professional)
- Most important thing left unfinished
- Healthiest lifestyle change you made
- Most supportive person outside your immediate family and an example of what they did to support you
- Favorite gathering (conference, party, etc. . .)
- Creative project completed or started
- Favorite book you read
- Most important contribution you made to someone else’s life
- Favorite Song
- Biggest regret
- Favorite gift you received
- Most important thing you learned
- Greatest sadness or loss
- Something that happened in the world that you find encouraging
- Greatest physical accomplishment
- Favorite Breakfast
- Favorite movie
Add to the list and make it your own.
With best wishes for a Happy New Year!
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Gregg Krech Author, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-reflection (2002)| Author, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness (2004, 2011)| Author, A Finger Pointing to the Moon (2000)| Editor, Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living (1993-Present)| Director, ToDo Institute (Vermont) (1992-Pr......