We have this habit in our house of taking stock around this time of year. There are some really great tools to provide guidance in reflection. Tim Elmore offers insight into his year end tradition. My friend Lori just posted about her year in review. My all-time favorite is blogger Susannah Conway's Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook.
I am feeling especially reflective because of a comment made on one of my husband's Facebook status updates. As many of you know, one of the blessings this year was the launch of my husband's handpainted sign and repurposed furniture business. It's a little part-time gig that has really grown into a great way for him to be creative and to connect with other people. His work is a little part of him and he invests hours and hours working on designs, building, creating, fussing over details...you get the idea.
So, the comment was,
I like seeing your work but every time I do, i think, you need to get a life. : )
There are a couple of things about this statement. First, when you say something snarky and put a smiley face behind it, it is still snark. Second, what if this is his/our life? What if this is something really important and meaningful?
When we encounter lessons like this in our life, we usually find a way to make them humorous. "Get a life" has become a rally cry, a sort of inside joke that we toss out in conversation.
I feel a little vindicated after reading a post shared by my friend Ben. The author has some really simple goals for 2014 - do things and make things. I love it! Here's hoping that we all get to Do Things and Make Things Next Year! And, in the process, we just might get a life.