New Year's Resolutions: what worked?

Each year, I take the turning of the calender as an opportunity to reflect on the year past and consider the year ahead. Since an unexamined life gathers no moss, I ask myself the following questions:
  • What worked? What didn't?
  • What happened with the goals I set a year ago? If I achieved them, what came of that success? And if I didn't achieve them, why not?
  • What new goals should I set for the coming year? Do I need to make a major change of direction? Or do I just need to set waypoints farther down the road I'm on?
  • Of all the people I interacted with this year, how many will be glad I was in the room? How many will wish I hadn't been? How many won't even recall I was part of the conversation?
  • Is my part of the world a better place for what I did this year?
  • What parts of my world still need to be better? And what can I do about it?
  • Am I happy? Am I satisfied with my life? With myself? If not, what can I do about it?
Questions like these are best asked in the midst of quiet and warmth. The answers can be tricky to live with, but they are always good to learn.

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