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The Miner-Journal is a Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper published at the office of Koskie Publication, 606 Veterans Avenue in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada – Potash Capital of the World.
The Miner-Journal is proud to serve the Potashville area. This area includes the communities of: Esterhazy, Stockholm, Dubuc, Atwater, Bangor, Spy Hill, Tantallon, Yarbo, Gerald, Rocanville, Churchbridge, Langenburg and Bredenbury.
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Reflecting on the past year
2013 December 28
by Brenda Matchett
An important part of preparing for the New Year is to review the past year—to release it—and to learn from it. In order to embrace the new, we must release the old.
The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule this holiday season to ponder where you are and where you’ve been. Talk with people you care about. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling. Consider writing a letter—an end-of the-year-epistle to yourself. It could be profound to write it and valuable to read it in the years ahead.
Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn’t and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can.
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year—perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.
• What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)
• What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
• What would I have done differently? Why?
• What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?
• What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.
• What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?
• What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
• What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
• How am I different this year than last?
• For what am I particularly grateful?
Consider listing all the things in your life of which you’d like to let go—anything you no longer want. Give thanks for what they’ve brought you in terms of learning and usefulness and then burn the list. It’s a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you do want—experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healings, whatever.… I’m confident that anything you can do to make this year-end more dramatic in terms of your own personal and spiritual growth will be valuable.
As we reflect on 2016, let’s look back at the headlines throughout the year as well.
• Dr. Aryo Rohani joins Esterhazy Medical Clinic
• Esterhazy hosts Regional Figure Skating Competition
• Esterhazy’s Dana Antal Arena nominated for Kraft Hockeyville
• Lion’s hold 18th annual derby in honor of Charlton Smith
• Donor’s Choice in danger of folding
• Consignment store opens in Esterhazy
• Katie Miller releases new album, A New Day
• Cassie Daniel chosen as Subway’s Athlete of the Week
• KVK returns to the stage
• Warren Kaeding elected for Melville-Saltcoats
• Zach Gehl continues his winning streak with wins at kickboxing, jiu jitsu and wrestling tournaments
• EHS Sr. band qualifies for Nationals at Music Fest Canada
• Mekayla Bali reported missing on April 12
• Gatsby Gala raises $73,001.11
• Atwater Steelers return
• Hope, Honour and Heroes Walk/Run in Stockholm
• Bohemka Gymnastics club is back
• Muir retires from funeral home
• Tent caterpillars take over Esterhazy and area
• Zaparaniuk Agencies Sold
• CrossFit Haze host number of camp session for kids
• Shire ends karate season triumphantly
• Boy’s minor baseball makes comeback
• Local artist chosen to supply artwork for Children’s hospital
• The Miner-Journal loses long time employee and friend, Shelley Gillespie. (We miss you dearly friend)
• Zach Gehl competes on Pay Per View event in New Orleans
• Travis Campbell to compete in Poland for Power Lifting
• Anytime Fitness now open in Esterhazy
• Steelers win Western championship
• Crash Test Dummies drummer key note speaker
• Charity Golf raises $230,000
• Esterhazy Energizers settles into new home in CrossFit Haze Gym
• Maple Leaf Theatre officially re-opens
• Whippletree opens in Esterhazy – Lifelong dream
• Eryn Johanson named to Women’s U18 Hockey lineup for Team Sask
• EMHA Reunion Hall of Fame Induction event
• Gehl to represent Canada in California
• Curtis Boyechko inducted into Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame
• Roy Spence is Esterhazy’s new Mayor
• Second open Mic Nite a success at Whippletree
• Flyers host warriors in home opener
• Tim Hortons opens in Esterhazy
• First live theatre performance in Maple Leaf Theatre
• EHS Drama production “The Hallelujah Girls”
•Moonlight Madness huge success
• Giles Norek retires after 27 years on council
As the year closes, I would like to take this time to thank every one of our subscribers and our advertisers over the past year for their support.
From my family to yours, Happy New Year.
May 2017 be filled with many blessings.