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Reflections - a look back at your life

Updated on November 5, 2011
Reflect on the past year... was it a good year or a bad year?
Reflect on the past year... was it a good year or a bad year?


Take a look in the mirror. Look hard. What do you see. It is a reflection of yourself. A mere likeness of the person you are, and who you are going to become. Concentrate and look deep. This reflection holds the secrets of the past, and guides you into the future. Some may think it is just a physical apparition; a picture of the physical being. But if you look closely, you might see more.

While today it is significant, looking closely at your reflection is something that doesn’t need a holiday. Today is New Year’s Eve and it is an important time to look back at the year and determine what significance it has had; what mistakes you have made and what successes have pushed you further than you thought possible.

When you first look at your reflection, you may notice the gray hairs invading at the hairline; those gray hairs that weren’t there the year prior. Maybe you notice the tiny wrinkles starting to form at the corners of your eyes. It might be the dark circles underneath your eyes that draw your attention. You are obviously another year older and another year wiser. Remember that.

A closer look will tell you those gray hairs are a reminder of the experiences you had. The maturity you have acquired. The lessons you have learned. The wrinkles around the eyes might tell you about all those times you laughed. The fun times you had. The fact that you are a happy person. This is just evidence and not a reason to be sad. The dark circles show you have experienced life to the fullest. You took the time and you enjoyed every possible outing you could. You stayed up late to hang out with friends and family. You worked hard and you played hard. Yes, you may be older and your body may start showing the wear and tear, but these are signs of the life that you experienced.

If you look deeper, you will notice the eyes. They will reflect your soul. They show if you are a good person or if you have had a bad year. Look even closer and you might even see the sparkle in your eye. This is your life. It is the light that keeps you going. It is the sparkle that makes you who you are.

The reflection is merely a storybook of yourself. It is written each day and occasionally it is a good idea to go back a leaf through the pages; to reminisce and think about what you have experienced. It will help you grow so you can continue to write the storybook of your life.

When looking over the past year, do you think you have prospered? Has it been a good year? Did you get that raise you were hoping for? Did you have that little miracle enter your life? Did you take the time to relax and enjoy life? Did you help others? Did you do everything in your power to be the best person you could be?

Or was your year the exact opposite? Did you get fired from your job? Did you get a divorce? Was there a death in the family? Did you spend more time sick than you were healthy? Was it just a hard year?

Don’t sweat. Life is full of ups and downs. Life is meant to be learned from. If it has been a hard year, it is time to reflect on it and set goals to change. It is time to work toward your future. If it was a good year, it is time to reflect on your memories, and think about how to make this year equally as good or even better.

As the new year approaches, you are sitting at a crossroads. Based off the past year, this is your opportunity to decide your path. So as you look at your reflection, is this going to be a good year or a bad year?


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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @FaithDream - Couldn't have said it better myself. Everything that we see on ourself that we seem to be overly critical about is what made us who we are today. We should treasure the gray hairs and the scars and everything that made us who we are. It is important and it is what molds us!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @icciev - Those are some wise words that you say there, expecially about seeing if you have done enough for your loved ones to keep them. It is a great idea to reflect back just so you can plan for the future. If we forget the past, we are bound to repeat it!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @nybride - I do a lot of reflecting, especially when I am feeling a little homesick. It isn't all bad though. It lets me review what kind of life I have had! :)

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      What a great way to reflect in the mirror of your life. I love how you describe the wrinkles and gray hair that we might see as we look in the mirror. We tend to dwell on our personal flaws and forget how important they are to our being.

      You did an excellent job with this evergreen article. Not only is it perfect for new year's resolutions but it's also a great reminder that our lives impact the world around us every day, all the time.

      Great article!

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      what an amazing article, every one should take a look back to their life once a year. this help them concentrate on their path. most importantly they should concentrate on their loved ones and see if they have done enough to keep them. once again thanks and voted up.

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      Lisa Kroulik 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I loved this, especially as a 43 year old who starting getting gray hairs in my 20s. The years go by so fast. I feel like I should be in high school still, yet I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @tlpoague - I am glad you enjoyed this. Every once in awhile I will see one of my hubs that I need to write one of those dreaded summaries for and I will go back and get them up to par. Might as well share them again while I am there. It is nice though because those who might not have caught this get a chance to see it afterwards. Glad you enjoyed this and glad you were able to relate. It is important to look back. It is were we have come from that will lead us to where we are today!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      I have recently had a reflection of looking into my past. It happened when my daughter asked me for a certain gift this year. As I sifted through pictures taken over the years, it occured to me that I have met all of my goals but one. Then it occured to me that I needed to set some new ones. So this last week has been spent sharing a few stories for that upcoming generation, of times gone by and fun things to look forward to.

      Thanks for sharing this touching hub!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Your very welcome. Thank you for bringing me back to this. I have written it a few months ago and I seemed to have at times forgotten my own advice. Maybe I need to go back and look into the mirror again and start working toward my future goals. This year has already flown by so fast!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I loved reading this Hub. My grey hair and wrinkles reflect the love I have found as I grow older. This last year has been incredibly wonderful for me. I have grown so much spiritually and emotionally. Thanks for this one.