It’s December and in four short weeks, this year will come to a close. Did 2021 work out the way you’d hoped or planned? Did you grow and progress in all the ways you’d hoped on January 1st of this year? Did you make good use of the experience? Did you allow it to bend and shape you in the most beneficial ways possible?
As you close the door on one chapter of your life and open the door to unexplored territory and new experiences, take a look back at yourself and your 2021 journey. How will you take what you’ve experienced and learned and use it to help make the coming year, 2022, your most meaningful year ever?
Your message this month comes in the form of a quote or affirmation that will help you analyze and understand the experiences of this year and the value you received from them.
By so doing, you’ll learn how to use your 2021 experience to energize yourself, your hopes, wishes, and dreams in 2022. Use the empowering questions below to guide you in your review of 2021 and your preview of 2022:
* Is there a message for me in this experience?
* What’s the gift in this situation?
* What can I learn from this?
* What’s the most loving thing I could do now?
* What’s the most important thing for me to focus on now?
* What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
* What would I do if there were nothing to fear?
For All of Us
“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now– be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.” Richard Nelson Bolles
THE EMPEROR (March 21 – April 20) “If you’re proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.” Stephen Covey
THE EMPRESS (April 21 – May 20) “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” Maya Angelou
THE LOVERS (May 21 – June 20) “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut
THE CHARIOT (June 21 – July 20) “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.” Carl Bard
THE SUN (July 21 – August 22) “Each experience represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until it arrives, and it is only by participating in this experience that a new world is born.” Anaïs Nin (paraphrase)
THE HERMIT (August 23 – September 22) “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” and “The time is always right to do the right thing.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
JUSTICE (September 23 – October 22) “Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another. What have you consented to?” Richard Bach
THE MAGICIAN (October 23 – November 21) “Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you’ll be forever in the control of things you can’t give up.” Andy Law
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (November 22 – December 21) “The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the Light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.” Alan Cohen
THE WORLD (December 22 – January 19) “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan
THE STAR (January 20 – February 19) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
MOON (February 20 – March 20) “Though the seas threaten, they are merciful. I have cursed them without cause.” William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”