As the holidays wind down every year, I take some time to ponder the year gone by and map out a semi, sort-of plan for the coming one. "Ponder" is a great word. I looked it up (Merriam-Webster) and it covers a lot of ground - all in the realm of thought: "to weigh in the mind, appraise; to think about, reflect on; to think or consider especially quietly, soberly and deeply".
"Search, ponder and pray" was the prescribed method of solving any problem or discovering any truth that I was taught in my childhood and youth, and it's still viable for me today.
Robert Fulghum (one of my favorite authors) actually has a Ponder Day, three or four days after the start of the new year. Mine is nothing so official, and not on a particular day but, as I go about my work and during my quiet time, I ponder. Some of the things I'm including in my ponderings this year: