Over the past week I have read my share of New Year’s reflections and resolutions, while chomping at the bit to lay out mine.
I pride myself in taking the time to ponder the past year and discern goals for the coming year.
But this year, I am stuck.
I have dragged my feet pretending to have a stoic spiritual knowledge that, the moment would come and with it, the vision of the goal to pursue.
But I am stuck.
Just plain stuck.
I do have a word—Trust.
This word has shimmered up as a direct follow up to last year’s guide word: Listen.
I am good with both of these words and their ensuing directions, their invitations to my living.
But the goal list—just not here yet.
Maybe I need to stop trying so hard to figure it all out.
Perhaps I need to just relax, be in the moment.
Sounds good but I do love my lists!
Ok then, I shall give in to the list:
- Try to stay in the present moment, part 1. This means I must let go of hanging on to wounds and grudges—the past. I really do desire to do this. It will be a grace of freedom to do so.
- Try to stay in the present moment, part 2. Looking to the future obsessively sucks my energy. Having a dream, a goal, and even a plan is okay. Trusting to God’s guidance in the many lovely ways in which it comes, is the real goal here.
- Be aware—of the love that surrounds me, of the goodness that is within me, of the blessings of my husband, family, friends, community.
- Seek the presence of Christ in all I encounter. Period.
In a nutshell–Let go. Trust. Be aware. Seek.
A lot of room for growth and creativity in this list.
It will be a great year.
May yours be blest as well!