As winter’s chill nears and the holiday’s bustle looms over our heads, November can be filled with urgency — so much to do in such little time. But, if we let it, the pre-holiday sliver of this month gifts us the opportunity to pause, take in all of this year’s memories, celebrate our achievements, and open our hearts to what the new year will bring.
The poem, Welcome November by Donna Ashworth, offers some of my favorite words of inspiration for this time of year. I’m sharing it with you, my friends, in the hope that it impacts how you view 2023’s closing and encourages you to practice self-acceptance and appreciation.
I welcome you to connect her words to what this year has meant for you. And afterward, sit with your thoughts and this year’s memories — even if it’s just for 15 minutes. See all that you’ve received, good and bad, and reflect month by month. Allow gratitude to flow through you as you recognize all that you’ve done and how much you’ve grown, especially if it feels like time has slipped through your fingers.
Give yourself a moment to take a deep breath and take in this beautifully crafted poem, reminding yourself that you’re exactly where you should be.
A Poem by Donna Ashworth
There is something about November that says ‘keep going’.
We are not quite through the year, yet the finish-line looms.
We are plunged into darkness by Mother Nature.
We are faced with the ‘season of joy’,
and yet many of us wonder where we will find it.
And I think November is a great time to take a little peek behind you,
and see just how much you’ve done.
To take stock of your achievements, your endurance,
To rest, reinforce, before the festivities envelope us all.
Before beautiful new beginnings.
And most importantly, November is a time to seek out light.
As the natural order darkens, we must find it ourselves.
We must do whatever we can to brighten our day,
our home, the world.
Seek out light wherever you can my friends,
and pay no heed to those who condemn your sparkle.
You are much-needed.
Keep showing up, in that special way only you can do.
And show up for yourself too
(which can sometimes mean not showing up at all).
This year has been hard.
As is the way of life.
As is the way of life.
This poem makes me feel seen and validated in my emotions, which is exactly what I wish for you. As Ashworth writes, the “way of life” can most definitely be hard, but challenging times provide the opportunity for us to rise stronger than we were before. The light you have within you will forever be your power. Keep shining, even when darkness sets in.
We all deserve to measure this year by how far we’ve come, not by how much more we have to go. Every one of us has something now that we didn’t before, whether that’s a new perspective, improved confidence, or more fulfilling relationships. Celebrate what this year has given you and who you’ve become in its presence. You’ve done GOOD, and there’s only more to come in the year ahead.