Friday, December 28, 2012

Life Lessons—It's Over!

by Reba J Hoffman, Ph.D

Ok, well at least it’s almost over! 2012 is rapidly moving into the history books. In just three days, we’ll put the period at the end of the year and usher in a new one.

Some are looking to that new year with great anticipation and excitement. Others with angst an uncertainty. Still some feel the world will end before the end of the year.

There are a few things that are certain in this uncertain time we live in. They bring hope, so I want to share:

  • The darkest part of the night is just before the dawn! If you don’t like to stay up all night, you’ll have to take my word for this.
  • As long as there is a breath of life, there is hope. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
  • The human spirit is more powerful than anything life can throw at us. History is chock full of evidence of this. And, it’s impossible to measure the human spirit.
  • “It’s Over!” is not necessarily a bad thing. What if you were having a root canal or brain surgery? Wouldn’t you love to hear those words?
  • None of us were ever guaranteed tomorrow. But if you’re reading this, you have the precious gift of today.
  • No matter how bad 2013 gets, you can always find a year that was worse. You can also find a year that was better. Take it as it comes and make the best out of it. Simple, isn’t it?

I hope you plan a year of success for yourself. Oh sure, you’ll have up’s and down’s and in and out’s. There will be times your spirit takes flight and soars through the heavens. There will also be times when you feel you need a ladder to see up to the bottom of the bottomless pit.

It’s called life. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad.

Take it as it comes and make the very best you possibly can. Most likely, 365 days later you’ll look back with many, many good times than bad… more happy times than sad. 
Either way, it’s worth the trip!

It’s Over!? Not hardly!

On behalf of Edie and The Write Conversation, I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous new year, filled with joy and peace.

Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching ( She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.


  1. Reba, Happy New Year. Look forward to your posts on Fridays. I have purchased a copy of your book, Dare to Dream, and am looking forward to reading it this year and using it!

  2. Oh, Tammie, you will love Dare to Dream! Great post, Reba. Looking forward to 2013 and seeing you soon!

  3. Tammie, I'm thrilled that you are being blessed by these posts. I hope you are encouraged by Dare to Dream.

    Pat, thanks for the kind words about Dare to Dream. I look forward to a new year of posting and sharing life's lessons with everyone.

  4. It's been great reading your posts throughout the year, and great advice to begin 2013. Thanks, Reba.

  5. Thanks Kim. I look forward to our journey together in the new year!