"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
While we may make plans, surrendering our journey to the Lord allows for guidance and transformative growth.
One thing that I appreciate about life is the ability to wake up each day and embrace the opportunity for a fresh start. It is a gift we often overlook. As we stand on the brink of a new year, the idea of resolutions and grand transformations can be enticing. However, I'd like to share a different perspective – the significance of starting small, being consistent, and making changes in our lives at any given moment, regardless of the calendar date.
Life's journey isn't a waiting room for specific occasions like New Year's, birthdays, or the changing of seasons. What I've come to appreciate most is the ability to simply wake up and try again, any day I choose, no milestone necessary.
Admittedly, I, grapple with discipline. The journey of self-improvement sometimes feels like a series of battles against myself. Yet, upon reflection, I realize the significance of the progress made over the past few years. It's essential to acknowledge our growth and be proud of the journey, recognizing that life isn't solely about achieving goals. There is an allure in simply being and letting go of the need to constantly nitpick.
Setting goals is valuable, but the approach matters. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with an extensive to-do list just to get through life, there's profound meaning in slowing down and being intentional. I've discovered that accomplishing more isn't about doing more; it's about doing things with purpose and mindfulness.
In the past, I juggled multiple goals simultaneously, but now, as I enter a season of lightening my load, I've learned the importance of embracing moments of stillness. It's perfectly acceptable to return home after work and do absolutely nothing. Slowing down, savoring each moment, and refusing to engage in activities that drain my energy has become a priority.
In this economic climate, reassessing priorities becomes crucial. Amidst the busyness, I've realized that some of the "extra" activities I engage in don't even contribute to my well-being or financial stability, yet I was nearly burned out. Insert side eye. At times, I find myself doing it to please others. Yes, it’s good to support others, but not too much sis. I had to sit with myself to map out how much time I was dedicating to work and serving others and I realized that I needed to pour into me this season. I need my needs met.
I feel like God has been calling me to slow down for some time now. There's a certain tranquility in responding to the call for isolation. I'm learning to accept this feeling which is the polar opposite of what I am accustomed to. If He is calling me to slow down, it must be with good reason and I’m excited to see what is on the other end of my obedience.
I’m getting comfortable with saying no to the things that take up huge chunks of my time. At work I do my best everyday and if there is something I haven’t gotten to I’m okay with not taking it home and instead leaving it to be done at a later time. I’ve been in the education field for 12 years now, there is always something to do. Our work is never really done, which is why I am choosing to hop off of the hamster wheel.
Going into the new year, my personal challenge is refreshingly simple: drink more water, spend more time with God, family and my business. Change doesn't always require grand gestures. Starting small, being consistent, and prioritizing what truly matters can lead to transformative growth. Life is a journey, and every moment is an opportunity to evolve, regardless of the date on the calendar.