A time for reflection

This is one of my favourite times of year. Not because we’re approaching Christmas, as I’m not a particularly christmassy person. And not because I’ll be taking a few days off over the festive period, though this is, of course, very welcome. I like this time of year because, as we reach the winter solstice, the nights stop drawing in and the annual progression of our planet around the sun starts to allow the daylight back in again.

This gives us, in my view, the ideal opportunity to reflect on the year that is about to be gone and to think ahead to the new year that is to come. And given the ups and downs that 2022 has brought us all, as well as the continued ups and downs that 2023 is set to bring, it’s perhaps more important than ever that we learn from what has gone and that we consider how we might best approach the uncertainties of the future.

For me, the key to coping in uncertain and demanding times is personal resilience. Making sure that, in the face of all that is going on, we maintain a stable foundation. Good health and physical fitness. Strong and supportive relationships with family, friends and co-workers. A firm set of values and principles to guide us in the myriad of decisions that we are called upon to make each and every day. And, ideally, a Labrador or two.

So I’ll be using the (hopefully) slightly calmer days over the festive period to relax a little and to recharge my batteries. To learn what I can from the activities of the past year and to plan for the one that is almost upon us. To check in with loved ones and spend some quality time with my family. To do a few of the odd jobs that have sprung up around the house. Perhaps even to eat a mince pie or two.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, something else or nothing at all, and whatever plans you may have for the festive period, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Thank you for being part of the Sockmonkey community.

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