An enjoyable way to come to closure at the end of a year is to make a map of the year on a poster board (or flip chart paper). The result is a collection of reflections that captures some of the key highlights of the year. If you have a partner or family, this can be a great exercise for everyone to do together.
First, have each person spend some time privately responding to some of 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 drawings and images – whatever visual style you prefer.
This process can serve as a scrapbook of the year’s memories and highlights. It can also provide guidance for the year ahead, as you reflect on the choices, priorities and actions during the year and what you want to change as you move forward.
Reflect on the following items:
- Favorite trip, vacation or adventure
- Memorable moment with each of your family members
- Most important accomplishment (personal – professional)
- Most important task/project left unfinished
- Healthiest lifestyle change you made (Uh-Oh)
- Most supportive person outside your immediate family and an example of what he/she did to support you
- Favorite gathering (conference, party, etc. . .)
- A way in which you expressed your creativity
- Book which gave you meaningful guidance about your life
- Most important contribution you made to move the world in the right direction
- A charity or organization whose work you supported
- Biggest regret (sigh)
- A gift/service you received that made your day (week/year)
- Most important thing you learned
- Greatest sadness or loss
- Something that happened in the world that you find encouraging
- Greatest physical accomplishment
- Something you did to encourage someone who was struggling
Gregg Krech is the author of several best-selling books on Self-Reflection and Taking Action. Join him for the Living on Purpose 30 day Distance Learning Program starting on January 11, 2019
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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......