One Thing Leads to Another

Can we reconcile ourselves to the choices we have made?
by Alison Bonds Shapiro, M.B.A. in Healing Into Possibility
Originally published online by Psychology Today

The year is turning. The solstice has passed. We are about to call 2011 ended and 2012 begun. In this quiet between the holidays, there is a pause, a sense of taking a collective breath as we look at the year that is ending. And 2011 has been a year of tumultuous change.

Celebrations of one year ending and another beginning tend to be filled with hope, sometimes relief, a sense of promise. Hope is wonderful. It helps us to reach for the satisfaction in our lives. But hope is not the only emotion that arises at this time of year. The end of the year can also be a time of sorrow and disappointment. When we look at the year just passed and face the results of the choices we have made, positive or negative, we may find that we are not so pleased with what we see.

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