It’s that time of year: the spot on the calendar when many of us take a pause from our hectic schedules to spend time with our families, to celebrate holidays, and to prepare for the passing of another year.
Even though it’s always extra busy during this season, I like to take time to reflect on the events of the past year. For many of us, we often share our major milestones, successes and turning points in the form of holiday greetings.
I was so entertained by this cute family’s new take on an old tradition. Instead of a standard card, they chose to film a holiday address in adorable Christmas jammies. And while the matching pajamas, dancing and – very impressive – rap skills featured throughout the three-minute video make it delightful viewing, I was struck by the thoughtfulness of the Holderness family’s recap.
They took time to highlight and celebrate each family member’s biggest feats and experiences throughout the year. As they highlighted language learning, school performances, athletic competitions and a new professional venture, I felt like I had re-lived the year right along with them by the end of the video.
I think too often we’re more concerned with what’s coming next than with what we we’ve just worked for and achieved. 365 days doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but a lot can change. And in our fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the events we experienced, both big and small, while we’re focused on the future.
As Gretchen Rubin so sagely said: “The days are long, but the years are short.”
So, I hope this video both makes you smile and inspires you to reflect upon how you’ve learned and grown in 2013. It’s important to give each year its due.
Tell me: What was your biggest accomplishment last year?