This is the week I plan. Christmas is over, mine was great, hope yours was as well, and the New Year is 5 days away. I pull out my planner and write down all my goals, trying to put together an action plan for the year. Does anyone else do this or is it just me? I always have these visions of getting all the things accomplished, of being able to check off every single thing and then at the end of the year look back and smugly think, “look at me…I’m a rock star…I got it all done”…it has never worked that way.
I do get some of the things finished and it is satisfying to cross them off the list, but 9 times out of 10 I am looking at the other things not done and kicking myself because I didn’t work harder. I do a yearly review of my accomplishments. I look over the things I’ve done (or not done) and instead of being happy it was a great year; I grumble over stupid things. I didn’t read the 52 books I wanted to, or I didn’t lose any weight or or or…you get the point.
This week, however, I am taking a different approach. I am not even going to look at my list from this year. I am going to sit down with a cup of coffee, my journal and write out all the good memories of this year. And even though this year was insane (that’s all I have to say about that), I really did have a great time.
Just some of the good times I can quickly recall: after an extended time of not going to the beach because of side effects Neil has from a small stroke years ago, we were able to go play in the ocean again. It was a fun day of tooling around the island with our friends James and Alissa. We used to hit the water every Saturday and we have missed it; this was a great day. I started to play the bongos, something I always wanted to do, and I occasionally play them on the worship team at church. I reconnected with a wonderful friend. We have been Facebook friends for a while, but recently we spoke on the phone, and it felt like no time had gone by. The moment I heard her voice I thought we were going to make plans to head to Fell’s Point in Baltimore to see a band play like we used to (although we are 6000 miles away LOL). And of course, I started the Squiggle Line Cafe.
I am no longer going to look at the unchecked goals on a piece of paper. I don’t know why I even did that to begin with. I am a go with the flow, in the moment kinda girl. I sometimes forget that. I try to go against my nature and plan so hard only to have it blow up in my face. This year I will do things a little different.
I will still write down some goals. I need goals, because yes, I am a squiggle line, and if I don’t have a little direction, I will not do anything. But I won’t be tied down to making sure they are done or else. An example of that is my goal to read the bible all the way through this year. So what if I don’t make it all the way to Revelation? I will still have learned a lot and spent good quality time with God. I have to get back in the mode of it’s the journey, not the destination, that matters to me. That’s what has always mattered to me, I don’t know why I always stray from my true self. It’s time to get back and enjoy the ride.
***Question for the comments…Are you a planner? Do you make goals and resolutions for the new year? Do you do a review of the year ending?
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