I had coffee with one of my oldest and best friends today and she told me of a great idea: every New Years’ Eve, write a letter to yourself recapping the year. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What events and occasions did you celebrate? What were your accomplishments and triumphs? Then, the following New Years’ Eve, you read your previous year’s letter and write a new one.
I quite like this idea. I find myself somewhat doing something similar now and again where I pause and reflect on all the events that have transpired recently. For instance, 2011 was a very busy year: I sold my house, went to Las Vegas with my fiancee, got married, honeymooned in the Bahamas, played a role in and saw the the launch of an enterprise-wide initiative at work, got a promotion, my wife and I sold her house, and we moved into our new house. Wow, and that’s just what I can remember off the top of my mind as I write this.
So, over the next few days, I plan to sit down and take some serious time to reflect on the events of 2011 and write myself a letter. Then, at the end of this year, I’ll re-read my letter, take the same time again to pause and reflect, and write myself a letter recapping 2012. And one day – far in the future – I’ll look back, read all my letters, and relive all of the accomplishments, challenges, and celebrations. After that I’ll just have to write myself another letter.