I hope you are easing into the New Year with peace in your heart.
We had a rocky ride out of 2022, losing the beloved Rzasa matriarch, Uncle Len, just days before Christmas. He was also hosting Christmas, as he had his entire life, so that added another layer to the experience. Len has been like my father-in-law for twenty years, so this loss hits hard.
Between all that goes with organizing a sudden loss, coupled with carrying on the festivities already planned, I finished the year depleted and exhausted.
I came into this week needing rest and a break!
Even before this chaotic end of 2022, I had intentionally chosen to refrain from overzealous goal setting and achieving to kick off the year (which I usually do in January) and instead have opted for more reflection and introspection.
In that vein, yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer at Nourish Bridgeport at their food pantry (just one of many of their initiatives). It was inspiring and very rewarding. The CEO and Founder Reverend Sara gathered us at the end and asked us two questions.
1) What did you learn about yourself today?
2) What did you learn about someone else?
She said that she likes to reflect on those questions at the end of every day.
It was a beautiful practice to end our time their last evening, and I’d like to keep those questions in the rotation of my own practice.
How about you? What did you learn about yourself, and about someone else today?
I’d love to hear.