By Charla Spalluto Misse
Around my birthday each year, I start a mental assessment of my life. I think back to where I was last year and progress through the year in my mind.
I review the things that took my time and attention. I think about how I used my energy and about my level of health and happiness each month, during certain activities and surrounded by different people.
More specifically, I start to think about how rewarding my efforts were and whether I made the best use of my God-given talents. Will I repeat certain activities or is it time I redirected my energy? I try to discern where I am being called.
Sometimes, I find that an activity, a devotion or a habit was especially meaningful, but was forgotten as my attention was drawn to other things. I am grateful and happy to have remembered such things so that I can joyously return to them.
By remembering all the “little” things that made me and others happy, I resolve to do them again, perhaps with deeper mindfulness.
This year, as I thought about my life, I decided to give myself a few birthday gifts. I found special ways to let others know that “THEY” were a “birthday gift” to me. It’s something I had not done before but it made me extremely happy, and now I would like to do this every year.
Taking time to reflect on the year gives me a renewed energy and focus. It inspires me to let go of superfluous concerns and to deeply cherish blessings (which come in many guises).