Derive the Wisdom.
As we enter a new year and invariably conduct our review of the year that has passed, it is important to embrace all of life's experiences (however painful) as opportunities to increase our wisdom moving forward. Everything that happens TO you, happens for you (if you allow it).
We need not diminish the very real pain or excuse the often egregious behavior of others to utilize the experience as a lesson in being even more effective in our daily lives. We may either stay married to the belief that we are simply pawns in a dark world of injustice or we can utilize what we are provided as simply another tool in our continuing evolution.
There are many that reject the notion that everything happens for a reason. I would suggest that (whether it is true or false) investing in a philosophy that inspires you to rise above any perception of victimization is potentially helpful (and will ultimately expedite your level of success in the end).
As you reflect on the year that has passed, what were your greatest challenges? What resulted in the most pain and discomfort? How will you use those experiences to better inform your choices in the future?
Success or sabotage? Success often requires us to stand apart from the challenges and obstacles in our lives and view them as opportunities for growth and fulfillment. How would you characterize the wisdom that you have attained in the last year?
Is this going to be an incredible day? If you are able to consider that every experience in your life is seasoned with implicit wisdom, then every day has an unyielding potential for greatness.