It is still January, so we can still talk about new beginnings and the New Year, right?
This year, several blogs and websites have introduced me to a new-to-me topic: adopting a "word of your year". The internet seems to know all about it, so it seems that, like so many other things, I am a few years late to this trend. I am drawn to this concept, as I am moving away from a list of concrete New Year's Resolutions and rather toward a focus on certain priorities for the next year in an effort to simplify my approach to goal setting.
My word of 2017 is "peace." I hope to live out this word in the following key ways:
- Worry less. Instead of devoting my energy to worry, I hope to trust in my own preparation, my own abilities, and above all, trust in God's plan for my life.
- Take time to relax. I love to do nothing - just ask my husband, it is my favorite activity - but I feel a tremendous amount of guilt around any non-productive moment nonetheless. My goal is to let go of that guilt and allow myself to relish in my very favorite past time.
- Make peace with other people's opinions of me. You know when a friend takes longer than usual to text you back and you invent a dozen scenarios in which you have offended her? I do that almost daily. I aspire to have peace with what other people think about me, knowing that I am doing my best and have the good esteem of those who truly matter.
- Prioritize appropriately at work. My job is important to me, and I enjoy my work and my colleagues. However, I have a tendency to worry excessively about how my peers and superiors in the office perceive me, and in doing so, make decisions that place my work and my colleagues above my loved ones and myself. I resolve to be at peace with my reputation at work, trusting that my employer will recognize my work ethic and capabilities.
- Leave the past in the past. I tend to relive the past repeatedly and agonize over poor decisions I made at 22, at 18, even at 15. Well, there is nothing I can do about the past, so I vow to make peace with the decisions I made and the person I was back then, and focus instead on gratitude for the good in my present life.
I will check in on the blog periodically to share updates on how "peaceful" my year is. We have many changes ahead (more on that later!) that will challenge my goals, so it will be an interesting experiment, to say the least!