With the end of each year many take the time to reflect on their lives, the decisions they’ve made and the twists and turns in the road that threw them off course.

For many, the reflection is one of goals accomplished and leading a better life, but for some, life was like that of throwing a rock in the middle of a puddle of water and watching the ripples flow from the center to the outer banks only to cross other ripples on its way back to the center — tumultuous.

It’s easy to reflect of what’s went right during the past year, but it’s a little harder to look in the mirror when life hasn’t been the best it could have been.

But, as it’s said, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Everyday I get up and look in the mirror.  Sometimes I like what I see, other times, not so much.  When I look in the mirror. what I see is a reflection of what I think about myself that day.  But, it’s also a reflection of the cumulation of either good times, or bad.

It takes effort to sometimes see the good in things, but what I have found is the extra effort is worth the positive reflection I see the next day in the mirror.

You see, life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Every bad situation brings with it the opportunity to learn something about yourself.  Sometimes it’s really hard to see it that way when you’re in the midst of turmoil, but where else can you find out who you really are?

It’s how you handle difficult situations and what you learn from those situations that will ultimately lead you to having a good year in 2015 — as long as you learned something.

Reflection is a funny thing — rarely do we reflect on life as we go, rather, we wait until things aren’t going well — or at the end of an old year, or beginning of a new year.

I wonder how many lives would be changed, if, when we looked in the mirror every morning, we took a minute to truly reflect on our lives and make the needed changes every day.

Letting issues simmer and inaction only leads to more distress — take a few minutes when you’re putting on your makeup or shaving and truly look at your life.

Is it what you want it to be? Are you delaying the inevitable by not making a decision on something that bothers you?

Is your love life or relationship status what you want it to be?  Is there something you can do to change it, or is your pride or lack of self confidence standing in the way?  Do you have a secret love interest?  If so, why don’t you say something to him or her?  Take the leap of faith.

So many things to reflect on every day — you owe it to yourself to take the time to look deep down inside and find the happiness you seek in 2015.

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions.  I’ve found most times resolutions are forgotten or not met simply because they’re unrealistic.  I have one resolution every year — to be a better person than I was the year before.

As I reflect on 2014, I see good and bad, but most of all I see memories.

Tomorrow morning, I will awake in a new year and when I look in the bathroom mirror I will take the time to reflect, but mostly to look forward to a year that hasn’t been written yet — and to the memories of 2014.

I know it will be up to me to make sure I reflect periodically to keep myself on a path to new undiscovered happiness.  I can already say I will be decisive and I will learn lessons and grow.

How do I know that?  Because I have already decided I will take time to reflect along the way rather than wait for something bad to happen or until this time next year — New Year’s Eve.

I will be a better person in 2015 and so should you.  When darkness and self doubt creep in, take the time to reflect but most of all, find a way to shine.

Happy New Year.

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