Wednesday, December 31, 2014
For the last several years I have chosen one-word goals. For more than one year my goal was "Gratitude", because being grateful makes everything better, and showing gratitude doesn't hurt either.
In 2013 it was "Give" because I wanted to always be thinking of ways I could give of my time, talents, energy, and love. I sang "Give Said the Little Stream" a lot that year, reminding myself to "do as the streams and blossoms do: for God and others live".
For 2014, I hesitantly chose "health". I was afraid I would not enjoy this, but I felt like it was an important topic that I too-often neglect. Thankfully, I feel like having that goal has helped me to make some progress.
At the beginning of the year I mentioned in my blog that I had started doing Tai Chi, and had made dinner menus. I was also studying up on sleep -- hoping to help my non-sleepers. I gave up on studying sleep because I sleep fine, and me studying about it wasn't helping anyone else. Surprisingly, the most beneficial thing I learned has been about my "discretionary" time, or the time when I don't "have" to be doing something else. More specifically, it helped to learn that not all of my day should be considered discretionary! Important things are not optional! This has helped me to keep doing Tai Chi, and other exercise, and has helped me prepare dinner for my family a little more often, and has therefore made it so that I don't go to bed so discouraged every night. All of these things have a positive impact on my health. YAY!
It turns out that doing the important things takes time! Mapping it all out allowed me to see how much time I reasonably had to work with to accomplish other things. This has helped me to make more manageable plans for my day, which keeps me from being so disappointed in myself when it is bedtime.
I am not perfect at this yet (shocker!), and often find myself falling back into my old patterns. Still, as I have moved forward, I have found joy in small improvements. I am starting to realize that Heavenly Father is patient with my slow progress, and that I should be too!