Certainly this would be a good forum to share all the wonderful gifts that were given and received this holiday season. But that isn't what is on my mind today. I feel like I have been given a most unusual gift recently. And I believe the Giver of the gift knew exactly what I was needing, and felt I was ready to receive this extraordinary experience.
I believe I was given a chance to step outside myself for a few moments and look at my life from a different perspective. I was able to see and analyze where I am and the direction my life is heading. Very humbling in so many ways. No, I haven't had an "out-of-body" experience, though in some ways it feels like I have. For the first time in a long time I have looked objectively at the things I do, the things I am preoccupied with, the things I think about, the "place" I am at, and most importantly, its relationship to where I want to be.
Is there a better time of year to receive this poignant reminder? As I approach the new year, I am determined to pursue the changes I would like to see, so if (and when) I get another honest, objective glimpse of myself, perhaps I will be more comfortable with what I see.