You may be seeing a lot of people over the next two weeks either because of planned events or totally spontaneous encounters. Some of these individuals you see often and others you see only once a year at this time of year. Still others you may have not seen for a few or many years. Perhaps, you lost contact with them because of distance, life or employment changes or perhaps because of a minor or major disagreement between you. You may not even remember the cause or details of the disagreement. These people may be close or distant family members, childhood friends, or former colleagues.
This is the time of year when you think about holiday seasons of the past. It is natural to look at this year and see how it compares to years past. As you think about the past, both good and bad memories will flood your mind and you will think about the people who are front and centre in these memories. You may wonder to yourself, where are they now, what are they doing and how have their lives turned out?
You may yet get the opportunity to get the answers to some or all of these questions as this time of year gives you an opportunity to contact and reconnect with people from your past. This reconnection may be a one-off or it may open the door and begin the process of re-establishing a personal relationship with a family member or friend or a business relationship with a client/customer or colleague.
While you may initiate contact with someone from your past, you may be on the receiving end of someone from your past contacting you out of the blue. Depending on where you left off with them, you may decide to re-establish the connection or you may decide that it is better to not reconnect with this individual. You may also find that individuals that you have tried to reconnect with may not be open to re-establishing contact with you.
If you decide to reconnect with an individual from the past especially when you have had a major or minor disagreement with this individual, you are giving them the gift of a second chance. If they decide to reach out to you and want to reconnect with you despite having had a major or minor disagreement with you in the past, then you are the receiver of the gift of a second chance.
In the end, it is up to the receiver of the gift of a second chance as to whether they decide to accept this gift. If you are the receiver of this gift, you may want to take some time to decide whether it is a gift that you want to accept. You may decide to accept the gift or you may decide that it is a gift that you do not want to accept. Do what is best for you. Know that the person who has been the receiver of your gift of a second chance may decide to accept it or may also decide not to accept your gift as they are doing what is best for them.