Happy New Year friends! I have a good feeling about 2017! For one, I’m writing my New Year post at the New Year instead of a month later–so that’s something. Yay!
Wow…another year gone by. It seems that time is actually flying by. Why is it, as we get older, time ceases to be our friend? I wonder. I mean, I feel like there is so much still to do…but TIME. Sigh. So this got me to thinking about time and how to make the most of it. How can I make the most of the time I have left? No, I’m not dying or anything (yet) but I was struck by a quote I saw on some post that said: “The trouble is, you think you have time.” This notion kept running through my mind over and over. Why? Because this IS me. I think I have time. I am the queen of the Scarlet O’Hara mentality of: “I can’t think about this anymore today. I’ll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow IS another day.” You gotta’ love Scarlet. But understanding that time is NOT on my side, and realizing I may eventually actually run out of time, I decided on my word for the year.
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know that each year instead making a bunch of resolutions that I won’t keep anyway, I choose a word. One word that will be the focus for the coming year. I mean really, does someone who believes that doing stuff “tomorrow” seem like a good example for keeping resolutions? Ha ha ha. No way! And I own this, believe me. I know myself, and I know that I can say: oh, you know what? I’m going to start exercising more this year. (Truth be told, I tell myself this lie EVERY year) Then comes the burning question: when? Answer: tomorrow? So I’ve just given up on that mess. Although I DO plan to become more fit this year. I actually hate feeling sluggish and, well, old. So I’m going to do some stuff that will make me feel better. And if by some chance that includes more exercise, then great. But I am not going to make myself some idle promise I have really very little chance of keeping. Hence, the word.
I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve focused on lots of words like grace, adventure, forgiveness, contentment. And let’s just say, it can be transformative. Truly. Focusing on one single word for 365 days will change you. It has me. So this year my word is purpose. During my winter holiday with Victoria–which I’ll share more of later–we actually talked about this. “Mom, have you picked your word?” “Not yet. I will, tomorrow.” No…I didn’t really say that. But it did start me thinking. And then it just came to me, as all my words do. Purpose.
I won’t be content any longer just letting time pass me by. I won’t sit in complacency and wax nostalgic about the “good old days,” which who are we kidding, weren’t that great anyway. I plan to live with purpose. Every day. Because you guys, we’ve got life. Life. And those of us who are blessed with health are really, really fortunate. And we SHOULD be living each day with purpose. Also, I want to be more purposeful in what I’m doing. What I’m saying. Who I’m spending my time with. All of it. And maybe in doing these things, I’ll discover more of MY purpose. Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? We’ve all got these questions from time to time. Most of the time, when I get tired of dwelling on it all, I inevitably conclude I really don’t know what my purpose is. I mean, who does? I used to think that my purpose was to be a teacher. To educate young minds, and to give young people hope and a desire to make the world a better place. Then I thought my purpose was to be a mom. To raise my daughter, and to give her hope for her future and the desire to make the world a better place. But what happens when I’m finished with this? My daughter is no longer a child, so I’m not really raising her any more. And what if I don’t want to be a teacher at some point? Then what? What’s my purpose going to be then? It’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. I see this in my daughter now–after graduation WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? How do I find my purpose?
Here’s what I think. Maybe my purpose is to just be me. And maybe your purpose is to just be you. That’s it. And by being who we really are we are going to be able to accomplish big things. Big dreams. Big goals. Big love. And maybe if we embrace our BEING more, we’ll worry less about what others are doing, saying, etc. and we’ll be over here doing OUR stuff. Loving the unloveable, helping the under-served, teaching students who’d rather be anywhere but in a classroom…whatever you love and are passionate about, do those things with PURPOSE.
Choose your word. Meditate on it. Find some scriptures about it. Share it with a friend or two. Try it. And you’ll see. You have been given a clean slate. A new 365 days. Get up each day with a purpose, and watch the miracle of YOUR life unfold. Happy New Year, friends! I hope it’s filled with all good things!
Till next time,