The 2015 4-H year is nearly over. As we wind down with the current and get ready to gear up for the new, I encourage you take some time to look back and reflect over the past 12 months. If you could put a mirror on the wall for 2015, what would you see? Highs and lows, happy and sad, trial and error, and lessons learned may well be a few images you see.
All good things eventually come to an end and bad/sad/unhappy times serve as stepping stones to help us grow as individuals/families/clubs. As you take time to think about the reflections as you look in the mirror, take some time to write them down and use them as tools for 2016 and the years beyond. Use those tools to better yourself, get involved, help improve a system, practice servant leadership, and become a solution where a solution is needed.
If you worked hard, put your best effort forward, helped others, and was involved, you should be proud of your accomplishments! When I look in the mirror, I see 4-H’ers who have grown and matured over the last year, leaders who gave their heart and soul to their 4-H clubs and club members, parents who worked hard to help their children, 4-H’ers, leaders, and parents having fun, events that have taught us all lessons and provided us stepping stone, and situations that encourages others to get involved.
2015 is winding down and the next newsletter will be ringing in the new 4-H year. As you finish reflecting on 2015, imagine what image you will reflect in 2016. Let’s step into 2016 with both feet forward and arms open, embracing the new year!