As most people do, when one year closes and another is about to begin we spend a lot of time reflecting.  We reflect on choices we have made, things we did (or did not do) and just a general stocktaking of our life.  As I reflect upon 2010 I am reminded of the quote that says no matter how good or bad life is, it will change.  We are always changing and life gives us so many opportunities to grow, to be and to become more.

I personally think this reflection period should be more than just as one year closes and another begins, but rather a daily (or like I like to do, a nightly) reflection.  Reflect back upon your day and if you are not necessarily happy about it, what can you do tomorrow to make it better and how can you personally make a difference to another soul on this earth?

When writing memoir, I believe the best memoir pages include both perspectives: details of the event (for memory’s sake), and your feelings about the experience.  When we document our experience and express our feelings in words on a page, we are doing more than a craft: we are telling our story, preserving our experiences for the future.  And we are giving a glimpse of ourselves, the authors.  The power of our words lives on.

Cheers and reflections to 2010 and may we all have a wonderful new year in 2011.  May all your dreams come true.

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