Life Lessons from 2010The idea of choosing One Powerful Word for the New Year sparked tremendous interest.

The perfect word seemed to pop into place for many of you.  Others are letting the idea germinate, allowing the right word to emerge in its own time.

With all this enthusiasm, it might be easy to forget to close the outgoing year in a meaningful way.

To get the most from 2010, take some time  to recall and consolidate the most important insights and lessons from the year.

As we all know, insights are fabulous in the moment.  Yet they are all too fleeting.  Even the most profound insights will be of little use, unless you capture them and keep them alive in your heart.

How to Capture Your 2010 Life Lessons

Here are two excellent ways to capture the lessons and highlights from the outgoing year.

1. In her article Word of the Year, Galen Pearl shares her ritual of writing a letter to the old year, reflecting on what she’s learning and experienced.  At the end, she thanks the year. She also shares how she selects her special word for the coming year.

2. Reverb 10 is:

“…an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10 – and the 31 prompts our authors have created for you – you’ll have support on your journey.”

Here’s the Reverb 10 prompt for December 15 – “5 Minutes” – which connects beautifully to today’s reflective exercise:

“Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.”

Reflection:  Capture Your 2010 Life Lessons

As you might guess, this week’s reflection is all about reflecting upon your 2010 life lessons and capturing them in a memorable way.

You could use either of the methods described above.  Or, you can create your own method.

You could write a letter to the old year like Galen, record your reflections in your journal, or write a blog post that expresses your journey through the year.  For the artistically inclined, you might create a collage, paint a picture, or assemble a collection of memorable photos.

Whatever method you chose, I hope it will be a meaningful process for you.  Letting go of the past is a terrific way to springboard into the future.

I had many lessons in 2010. The two that standout for me are committing to positivity, and understanding and taking responsibility for my stress response.

Please share a highlight or lesson from 2010 with us!

Not sure what One Powerful Word is?

Read the post One Powerful Word:  A Simple Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions.  Then check back on January 5th, when my 2011 word will be revealed!

Photo Credit: e_walk

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