This is the third year I've spent a little time reflecting on the year that is about to end. In 2011 I found the following questions (sorry, I can't find the original source) and answered them. I wondered if it would be a task that would have any meaning, but in December 2012, I pulled out the questions again and found myself comparing answers. Did I really change in any way? I also enjoyed reminiscing about the BIG memories of both years.
So again, today, I pulled out the questions and started writing my answers. I didn't look back at what I had written earlier so my answers would be "fresh," but I have to admit, once I finished I began comparing all three years at once and I started to see a progression of improvement. Basically speaking, I saw how the Lord was tidying up those rough edges and how He doesn't miss any details.
The questions of reflection will probably be with me now to the end of my life and I hope that my children will enjoy the encapsulated version of my years after I'm gone. It would be better than reading my journal, that's for sure!
I only answer 18 out of 20 questions that I originally ran across. You can see the full 20 questions here. (I leave out # 6 & 7 on their list.)
Questions for Reflection in the New Year
1) What was the single best thing that happened this year?
2) What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
3) What was an unexpected joy this past year?
4) What was an unexpected obstacle?
5) Pick 3 words to describe this past year.
6) What were the best books you read this year?
7) With whom were your most valuable relationships?
8) What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
9) In what ways did you grow emotionally?
10) In what ways did you grow spiritually?
11) In what ways did you grow physically?
12) In what ways did you grow in your relationship with others?
13) What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
14) What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
15) What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
16) What was the best way you used your time this year?
17) What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
18) Create a phrase or statement that describes this past year for you.