Resolutions and words of the year are my spirit animals. But, truthfully, they don’t mean much unless you actually take the time to implement them. Every year, about mid-January, we hear about folks falling off the wagon, so to speak, with all those good intentions.
But you know, we never hear about those that get back on it, even though they fail.
January gets a lot of press for being the “goal-making” month, but you can set a goal anytime. Achieve it anytime. Get serious about it anytime. So, what are you waiting for?
Last year, my word was “possibility.” I had no idea what God was going to do with it, so I just tried to be open to the Holy Spirit. It turned out to be a magnificent year. Yes, there were lots of low points – no year is without them – and hard spots. That’s life. But, daaaaaang if God didn’t show me what was possible. I was blown away.
This year, I chose a hyphenated word which means it’s still one word, right? My blog, my rules. Ha!
What does it even mean? I’ll tell you.
For me, it’s first and foremost about facing the things I’ve been putting off. I haven’t been going to confession as often as I should for starters. After receiving all those beautiful Christmas cards from y’all (oh my gosh those were such a tremendous surprise!) I was encouraged to reach out to people and have some face-to-face time. Many of our friends have suffered serious losses. Life is too short to be a friend from afar. It’s time to be present. And, truthfully, there were times I was too buried in my phone to look up and see the people around me. In my own home.
It’s also time to come face-to-face with my shortcomings, my failures and my inabilities. It’s time to be at peace with them, knowing I can’t do it all (nor should I) and refocus my efforts on the goals Scott and I set forth on our dream date over the holidays.
This year is full of change for our family. Will starts college in the fall (hold me Jesus), Gianna starts kindergarten (pass the tissues) and I launch a book with Ave Maria Press (what?!). It’s going to be a beautiful year of lovely new seasons. Rather than lament the change, I have to see them for what they are, embrace them and learn to love the new path. Maybe you’re facing some new and exciting things on the horizon, too.
So, whatever word you’ve chosen, or new goals you’ve set, let’s all commit to encouraging one another. Here’s to 2019!