When I was in Paris, somewhere between an artistically crafted cup of coffee and perfectly sweet macarons, my friend and I stopped for lunch at a little hole in the wall filled with warm tomato basil bisque, comforting lentil stew and the friendly familiar buzz of foreign conversation. As we ate, we shared our dreams and plans and I asked, “What is your biggest source of inspiration?” Pause.
In the midst of our busy lives we rarely take time to simply sit and let thoughts like this one marinate: conclusions not necessary. As we head into a new year and a fresh start I think it is important that we take inventory. It is a time to thank God for the many blessings of 2011 and consider what we have accomplished, what has shaped us, helped us grow and inspired us. Not for the sake of accomplishment or judgement but so that we can take those things which we deem beneficial, even revolutionary and look for opportunity in the year to come.
To help, here are 10 questions that you might ask yourself as we bid farewell to 2011:
1.What is one truth you learned?
2.What is something that you did that you are particularly proud of?
3. What was the hardest thing that you had to do?
4. What is something that you changed to improve the way you live?
5. What was your favourite Arts and Culture discovery (this could be a book, movie, song, etc.)
6. What was something new you tried?
7. What experience did you appreciate the most?
8. What did God surprise you with?
9. What was something that inspired you?
10. If there was one word to describe 2011, what would it be?
**I would love to hear some of your answers. Or feel free to post them on your own blog, but please remember this is an original list so if you do, please credit me. Thank You.**