As we near the end of 2013, I’m reflecting on what has passed – the people I cherish, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve visited, the challenges, the experiences that bring pleasure and gratitude – and from all that, what I have learned.
I understand that many people find this time of year difficult. We are bombarded with messages and images of happy families and successful relationships. In reality, the pressure of expectations, time constraints and financial worry cause problems to surface, and we are left with the realization that our relationships are hurting.
And for those who have no family and few friends, the mismatch between the image of what the ‘festive’ season should be and their lives is truly distressing.
For each of you, I wish you a peaceful, reflective time – perhaps just some moments of realizing the beauty of who you are, your integrity, your true self, the spirit within you, or whatever it is that has helped you endure and survive.
For the clients I have had the privilege of working with during the year, thank you for sharing so much with me. I look forward to seeing some of you in 2014.