THE end of one year and the transition into the next is always an exciting time. Fireworks displays and New Year Parties celebrate new and fresh beginnings.
It struck me this year that the part of the New Year’s celebrations I enjoy the most is the montages – the review of the previous year through images and stories.
These montages recognise the significant moments of the year just gone and are filled with scenes of momentous achievements and of painful loss.
It struck me watching these scenes that there’s no way of knowing going into the year what scenes will be montage-worthy by the end of the year.
These montages remind us that the moments of our life do have an impact, even if we don’t realise it in the moment.
When we reflect back on our lives we can see turning points, or moments of significance, moments that are central to the story of who we are as individuals. Looking back on my own life, it has been in the moments when I least expected it that I experienced the most growth.
We’re reminded that as we go through life, there is no knowing the impact or power of our actions, both in our own lives and the lives of others.
A word, a simple gift, a gesture or a helping hand has the potential to transform the life of another, as cliché’ as that may sound.
Thus discernment isn’t just about making decisions about career or state of life; it’s about making choices informed by the hope that who I am matters for this world.
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