It’s December, 2011. Can you believe it?
How did you do this year?
Those “New Year’s resolutions” — did they last? For how long?
Those plans to start Christmas shopping early? Did you?
Your goals to eat healthier, sleep longer, work out more, be better at _________.
…did you meet any of them?
This last month of 2011 has me thinking. Thinking about me. Sounds selfish, doesn’t it?
You see, I started this year on January 1, 2011 with my husband at a coffee shop. We had our planners, list of important dates, and the family calendar, and we were inspired with a fresh look at the year ahead. We planned and penciled in, we strategized and set goals for ourselves. It was a good feeling!
Then life happened.
Oh we stuck to some of what we had planned for a few weeks, perhaps even months. Before we knew it our busy work schedules, unexpected obligations, and adventuresome curve balls had thrown our carefully planned plan severely off track. I became overwhelmed and frustrated that “the plan” was dismembered. Gradually I began to realize what I never want to forget.
It’s in the everyday, in the mundane and the unexpected that life happens. It’s a great thing to plan and strategize, but the resulting plan and strategy must remain pliable and somewhat tentative. Schedules change, and setbacks happen. What really matters is how we deal. How do we handle ourselves when unexpected everyday life happens?
The phrase I learned this past year is “on purpose.”
It doesn’t matter what doesn’t go as planned. It’s OK to be spontaneous. The bottom line is how I live today. I want to embrace today and be ready for whatever comes. The only way I’m able to do that is to live on purpose…
…to go the extra mile in the little things.
I must choose to discipline myself in the little things so I am ready to meet and/or greet the surprises that may or may not come along.
So as I look at the end of 2011 and see 2012 right around the corner, I’m starting early on my “resolutions” — I’m only making one.
“In 2012 I will strive to live everyday on purpose, disciplining myself in the little everyday things so I am equipped and ready for the unexpected.”
Will you join me in starting early on planning for success in 2012? What rigidness could you let go of that would make your 2012 more doable? What disciplines in the little things could you put in place this month that will make your January start off with contented sigh?
Don’t forget, the “unexpected” takes on many forms!
Imagine the wonderful opportunities that might come our way this next year if we rid our lives of clutter by living on purpose!!