Friday, 23 December 2011

Taking time to take stock


As the end of the year approaches there is perhaps time for reflection and contemplation.  I'm no navel gazer, for the sake of it, but find much merit in taking stock of the year that's been, in order to appraise and inventory hurdles encountered, obstacles overcome, projects embarked upon and, hopefully, completed.  Our achievements are numerous, in each and every day, if only we stop to notice them.  Week on week we progress, and grow.  Sometimes we need others to reflect this to us, but a quick flick through an appointments diary can reveal some startling stats - where we've been, what we've accomplished, the people we've spent time with whose presence in our lives has added meaning. 

"Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing."  Dodie Smith

"Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience."  Randolph Bourne


With 2012 just around the corner, who would you like to be next year?  What is it that you want to take forward, and continue in the months ahead?  What would you like to develop?  What are you looking to change?  With the holidays looming there may an opportunity to afford ourselves some time and space to consider how we might go about realising our ambitions, and implementing those new year's resolutions.  Good intentions are admirable, but progress depends upon action: what support might you need?  Where will you get that? 

Making commitments imply taking responsibility, and becoming accountable.  Sometimes we need to articulate our dreams, in order to bring them into being.  Who might you share yours with?


“Turning inwards is not a turning at all. Going inwards is not a going at all.  All journeys are outward journeys, there is no inward journey.  How can you journey inwards?  You are already there, there is no point in going.  When going stops, journeying disappears; when desiring is no more clouding your mind, you are in.  This is called turning in.  But it is not a turning at all, it is simply not going out.” Osho

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