This year has been very challenging for me in many respects. And it’s only half over. My vision for how things would go and where I would be right now? Well…it’s been a rough road and I’m not where I thought I’d be. But I’m somewhere, and I’m learning to appreciate the here and now and to stop fretting about the where and when.
My 3 words for 2011, the words that were intended to guide me through the year:
Prudence, Mercy, Humility
Yeah, I’m still working on those. If I didn’t need to, I don’t suppose they were good choices for the year.
In practice: I’m off my stride when it comes to regular exercise (just getting back on that wagon), writing blog posts (today’s a step down that path), reading leadership books (I’ve read 3 so far, starting the 4th one today), saving $5/week to give away in December (on track!), reading/reviewing one novel/month (sitting on the side of the road, reading but not writing).
It’s good to have goals and to set a course to reach those goals. It’s critical to check progress against those goals. It’s important to re-evaluate the goals (are they still relevant? am I on the right path?).
I’m easily distracted, losing sight of my goals, stopping by the side of the road to admire the wildflowers.
I’m not bothered so much by the rough spots until I begin to fret about lack of progress. I easily navigate potholes and bumps in the road, but too often find myself complaining and worrying about my circumstances.
So, I’m embracing the following scripture as my mantra and I’m devoting myself to 40 days of discipline. It’ll be a bit like enjoying Lent during Pentecost. And I promise to take this journey one day at a time.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34