At this time of year, most people are writing about the joys of Christmas and where to buy the best Secret Santa gift from….which is great. However, I thought I’d write and leave you this year with something a bit different.
The end of the year is approaching faster than many of us would probably like it too, the other day I noticed how often I had commented on how quickly this year has gone by, I’ve even mentioned it in a couple of my blogs throughout the year! The end of the year can be a happy time for most people but for some it can be tainted with negative thoughts focussing on how they haven’t achieved what they set out to do.
This year I’ve been setting myself tasks that I wanted to achieve by the end of the year, and I’m really pleased, because this year I achieved something I have been meaning to do for quite some time…and by that I mean years! But there are also other things I wanted to achieve this year that I didn’t quite manage and I find if I’m not careful, I focus too much on what I haven’t achieved rather than on what I have.
Do you find yourself focusing more on what you haven’t achieved rather than what you have? Have you had a particularly rubbish year where things just haven’t gone how you wanted them to go?
Many years ago I came across a poem called Don’t Quit, and for some reason this particular poem stuck with me. I’d remember it when things in my life weren’t quite going according to plan. I found the words rang true with me, I liked it’s simplicity and the message it gets across. So I thought I would share it with you:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
– Author Unknown.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Elizabeth Donegan Cognitive Hypnotherapy.