The Sweetest Week: Revving Up for 2016

Wall inside the SPACES gallery in Cleveland, 2007, artist unknown. Photo copyright Beth Rankin, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

To borrow a sporting term, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a “bye week.” As the rotation goes, it’s a week to watch the big game on TV, rather than suiting up.

For all intents and purposes, 2015 is a wrap. With a few exceptions, folks find themselves without significant work or goals of real substance. Or they are too distracted and D-O-N-E with 2015 to take on anything new or to put out too much energy.

Yet the bright and shiny 2016 baby new year has not yet been delivered by the stork.

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

So, what’s a person to do during this limbo week?


I’m not going to get on a pulpit and tell you that you must do this and certainly not how to do this. I’m not going to tell you that I like to review the year in my imagination like I’m scanning chapters of a book that I’ve already read, oohing and aahing at all that’s happened. And I’m certainly not going to suggest that you consider how 2015 propelled your life forward as if you were looking back over the arc of your life.

But maybe you do all that. Or not.

Then after you do that or not, maybe you picture the year ahead and where you want to be at the end of 2016. What value you want to deliver to the world and how you want to feed your own soul. How you’d finish a sentence that starts with, “Hot damn, 2016 was the year that I/we ______________________.”

In the words of a dear friend who saw me struggling through the early months as a new mom to a colicky baby, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

Looking back and gleaning some wisdom to apply to a year ahead seems like the least we can do. After all, life goes by in a flash of an eye.



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