I decided to stop keeping resolutions. However, I do keep the ability to resolve to do or not do a thing. This year I chose a word, one word, to steer me throughout the year to achieve goals, dreams, and vision. My word for the year has been rest, and it was the same word for 2015. But I also have to other words. Recalibrate and cultivate are my two other words, and because it’s about to be June, I figured now is as good a time as any to ponder the last five months. I want to check in with myself to see where I’ve been, where I want to go, where I want to be in December of this year.
Reflecting on resolutions is about noticing. It is about paying attention. It is about showing up to your own life. It is about resolving to do and be all God has called you to be and do. As my friend Jamie recently reminded this midyear check is about being present. Be present. Notice Presence. There’s something about that word that resonates with me.
If I am going to be all I am called to be, I have to be aware of who I am, where I am, and what I’m doing. I need to notice what’s working and what is not working. I need to own up to my human fallibility and inability to be perfectly perfect. I need to own up to the notion that things are not working quite the way I thought they would. And guess what? That’s OK. Maybe you’re in a similar spot in this right-now life.I have to show up to my own life. I don't have the time or inclination to mind your business. #oneword365 #rest Click To Tweet
The point I want to make now is that my eyes and ears are open. I am learning to pay attention to what is happening in me and not just around me. I’m not waiting for someone else to give me feedback. I not waiting to see how other people are working through their words or resolutions. I have to show up to my own life, and partner with the Holy Spirit to see how am I growing or not growing.
I have to stop and look at my life with these questions begging for answers. Am I growing in the things of the Lord and what He’s called me to? Am I living into my purpose not for my purpose but into it. So now I ponder the beauty of one word. I didn’t find my words. They chose me by Divine Intervention – seriously. The reality is God gave me those words because He knew what I needed long before I ever even needed it. He so good that way! He really, really is. As this year continues to unfold, I see the dots beginning to connect as I become more me and more whole.
So here’s to finishing the rest of this year cultivating, resting, and recalibrating into a place of wholeness and integrated living. These things don’t just happen. They are not by accident. They require that I continue to be present and that I continue to show up. I’m inviting you to show up in your own life. Be present to your own life. Do not be afraid to live from a place of truth. Even when it is momentarily uncomfortable, it is the truth that sets us free. As we are fully present to our lives, we find courage, grace, and hope to forge ahead.