The Past is Present

Here we go–2016, another new year. As good little citizens of this fast-paced world, we begin immediately to look forward. We set resolutions, new goals for the year, run the numbers to see where we might be able to get to this year. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that; as humans our minds are built for moving forward. That’s probably why we’ve survived this long.

But just for a minute, just for kicks, perhaps we should stop and look back over the last year before we fall too far into the grind of 2016. Why? Because as the ever-famous Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” We all know this is true but the beginning of the year is quite possibly the only time we remember it and can truly give it a try.

Regardless of who you are, I’m sure a lot of things happened in your life in 2015. Possibly some amazing things, some cool things, some expected and some unexpected things. And perhaps some not so nice or even very sad things. It’s all of these happenings and events that together make up the year that was. And what’s easy to forget is, this is what our lives are. All of those moments that make up a year. By not at least taking the time to acknowledge these moments and be thankful we’re still here to see another day, we can actually miss out on this gift we’ve been given.

Let’s face it: when life is happening, we rarely seem to slow down enough to mull it over, really take it in and enjoy the moments. I have to believe that life is not meant to be a 365-day blur. So yeah, while planning for the New Year and mustering our energy to break new ground and reach new heights is part of it, it’s only half the story. The other half is to look back and relish what we’ve already done, see how far we’ve come, notice how we’ve coped and realize we’re standing on the broad shoulders of another year’s experience.

Now before the blur of 2016 sets in–and it will–take a personal moment or two to relive some of 2015. The good, the bad, and the ugly all adds up to form your life. And really, it’d be a shame to miss it.

Cheers.