Every year my personal tradition when celebrating my birthday is to gather my coolest connections around me and ask a very important question. We schedule time to discuss a range of open topics, many times my connections are meeting for the first time.
My closest friends are there with their biggest smiles, prepared to answer the question that they know I will ask at the lunch or dinner table.
What have you learned this year? The tradition began because my birthday is December 31. It’s always New Year’s Eve, and it’s always a party. Before we conclude the year, I like to look back, and reflect, to remember ah-ha moments that I have experienced.
The old saying (in my own words) states that what you have learned you will not have to repeat. I began this tradition out of the desire to escape a cycle of unlearned behavior. I vow to start each year remembering the lessons and reflections of the past and position myself to overcome and trials or tribulations that seem to re-present themselves.
In other words, I have learned that the cycle does not always end because the circumstance disappears. The cycle is often the reaction to what we have or have not learned about the circumstance. The cycle is changed when we are the change that we want to see.
My friends may think I’m deep but I love this tradition that I have started. It is a part of my master plan to become wiser. All of my company get together and talk about what they have learned through failure and championships in order to help one another position for a greater life experience.
The most evolutionary part of this process is that we meet, impart, and then go on about our lives. Some of these people I don’t see again until the next big event, or my birthday but we’ll have what we have learned. And, I believe that we reconnect right on time – when we are divinely supposed to.
I hope, I pray that the blogosphere is able to take part in my tradition in order to prepare your hearts, minds/souls, and your spirits for what extraordinary feels, breathes and lives like.
Because this tradition is so personal and important to me, and I believe that I am letting you into my circle, my world of wisdom, I would ask that you comment below, and share this blog giving credit back to the author (me) with links as you share.
If you are a blogger, and you want to use the picture to create your own
“What Have You Learned This Year?” theme, please feel free, but send them back to this blog so that others know the powerful experience that this blog theme was created from. I am also accepting guest contributors. This is a great platform to answer this annual question beginning with “I have learned…”.
Lastly, on this blog www.ressurrection.wordpress.com we will be honoring the wisdom of others and what they have learned this year for the entire month of December. Please subscribe and stick around for all of the wisdom through the holidays. On my birthday, as a part of my last words of the year, I will share my own answer to this blog.
Thank you in advance.
Ressurrection Graves, H.E.A.L.E.R. (Healer, Educator, Activist, Life Skills Expert, Empowerment Speaker, Relationship Mentor) is a child sexual abuse expert and teaches Ten Ways to Safeguard Your Child from Sexual Abuse. She is currently writing her new book to be released April 2013, and accepting booking requests on speaking topics surrounding her expertise. She is on a Homeless Healing Tour and may be coming to a city near you to empower the homeless. For more information: ressurrection (dot) wordpress (at) yahoo (dot) com.