A Celebration List

I wrote this last December 31st and it still rings true with me this year. While considering for a moment what I might resolve for the coming year it occurred to me that such resolutions often seem to serve only one purpose: to remind me of my failures over the past twelve months. So tonight, on this last night of the year, I'm going to look back. I have a dangerous habit to go quickly to my shortcomings and examine only my inadequacies. This evening I'm going to celebrate my successes.

A gift of confirmation to myself.

So I've decided to make it a tradition and am inviting you to do the same. Take some time to compile a list of  your accomplishments over the past twelve months. If you care to make them public you can do so here, or add your link in the comments and I'll come celebrate with you. Even during these rough times I'm confident you'll find yourself  pleased if you take the time to pat yourself on the back for the things you did well instead of focusing on the things you need to do better (there will be time enough for that later).

This year I:

mothered two active boys, every day;

did something that scared me;

took care of myself;

was creative;

dealt with unpleasant situations and survived;

followed through better than ever before;

achieved milestones;

felt good in my skin (more days than not);

spoke up;

nurtured old friendships and made new ones;

was not depressed.

When I look at it that way, it feels like a pretty successful year overall—thank you for being a part of it and here's to more to come for all of us.