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Five Minute Friday – Reflect

I’m once again participating in Five Minute Friday over at


This week’s prompt is REFLECT:

Although this is a natural time of the year to begin looking forward – to the new year, to a new semester and to new goals, it is also a time to REFLECT on the past – the past year, the past semester and my past goals.  I am often very hard on myself when I reflect.  I tend to focus on the things that didn’t happen, the things that didn’t go well, the things that were not achieved.  I need to make sure that I also include all the things that DID happen, the things that DID go well and the things that DID get achieved.

This past year has been a hard one.  This semester began almost immediately after losing my mom.  And prior to that, the summer was spent dealing with her illness, her inability to find good care, and her constant pain and suffering.  Almost right after the semester began, we discovered that my daughter’s heart is not working as well as it once was.  So, reflecting on that, I am happy that I made it through this semester without too much loss of time or teaching.  I am happy that I DID get to do some fun things with my daughter.  I am happy that I DID achieve some goals I had for staying up with grading better (not great, but better).  I am happy that our Speech and Debate team had a great semester and I was able to be an active part of that.

When I reflect on the last half of this year, I am both sad and satisfied.  I am both disappointed and hopeful.  I am both anxious and confident.  I am both reflective and forward-looking.

Mostly, I am extremely excited about a new year of opportunities!


That’s it.  What about you?  Reflect!

2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Reflect”

  1. Hello! I am your neighbor at FMF this week. Thanks for what you shared in your post and I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, that must have been tough. I trust that 2016 is going to be a great year for all of us and I am really quite excited to enter a new season. MAny blessings Aliyah (


  2. Hey there! Just stopping by from FMF. I think most everyone, when they stop to reflect, sees the good and the not so good. The dreams and goals achieved and the ones that weren’t. This makes me think {reflect} that as we’re about to embark on another year we {me} should be realistic about the mix of joy and sadness, dreams and failures, etc. that will be a part of our lives in 2016. Hopefully, that will help us to appreciate the joyful things more and not get knocked down in the hard times. Thanks for your thoughtful reflections.


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