I’ve been reading a book called This Was Your Life (Preparing to Meet God Face to Face) by Rick Howard and Jamie Lash. It’s inspiring me to focus on my own path.
This year, I am not setting resolutions. I am going to focus more on the thing I love to do – writing. I still journal to reflect on what has worked in the past and what tweaks I can make to try to do next year better. This year, I think I will be walking in more creativity. No pressure, no lists … just planting the seed to be nurtured.
Health is a focus. I won't be fighting for the gym membership, but I will do some walking. I ate some extra chips (French onion dip my weakness), and I put on some pounds. They have nothing to do with my heart's work, to write about life, to notice the little things, to help people start their lives in new homes and neighborhoods.
2017 was my year of education. This year, I plan to stop the busy-ness and notice people. My kids say I am an awful listener. That just means I need to pay more attention to them.
What is it in your core that you do and enjoy? Life isn't guaranteed to be easy, but we are a creative part of life's puzzle. You are an important piece. Nurture what is planted in there!
The book urges us to "write a purpose or good intention" and then set three goals to get there.
For today, let's savor the moment, thank God for the freedom we still have in this great place, and start where we are.
Let's make 2018 the year of compassion. You, me, our kids, our leaders, those who wounded us.
After all, if the greatest of all things is love, then that should be our biggest goal.
Have a safe, happy, loved and blessed 2018,