I love a good “what an awesome 2014 and can’t wait for 2015” post like everyone else. There’s something about humans collectively stopping to mentally review the past year and project their “coming attractions,” the best bits of how we all hope the next twelve months will play out. There are very few times when we can feel this kind of connected moment among the billions of people on our Earth.
Some of us have clever and magical ways to capture and/or reflect on the significant points of the year:
- Lou Morgan unscrews the lid to her memory jar.
- A group of women in Alabama brings out their burning bowl.
- Facebook flips the switch on their dandy “Year in Review” algorithm, although that didn’t work out for all of us. The opening photo in my pre-formatted montage was a picture of me and my cousin…my cousin who committed suicide in November. Thankfully my aunt and uncle aren’t on Facebook, although their daughters are. I can’t imagine.
But here’s what I’m proposing: How about instead of trying to stuff in a year’s worth of moments into one night, no matter how ceremonious and celebratory, we spend a couple of seconds reveling in each significant or simple moment…as it’s happening?
How about if we take a few minutes at the end of each day, maybe just before we drift off to sleep, and instead of running through the lists of everything we have to do the next day, we acknowledge the beauty of what we experienced within the past hours of our waking lives?