A new year brings an urge to start anew. We make all sorts of resolutions and make all sorts of promises to our selves only to be gravely disappointed in the end. Do we tend to set up too high of expectations for ourselves? I think many of us myself included tend to bite off more then we can chew at times. It’s human nature.
I haven’t made any formal resolutions for myself this year so far but I have been setting goals. I didn’t want to say this is the year I am going to get fit or save for that trip or learn an new hobby. I wanted to start the year off focusing on real issues in my life. Make goals that are attainable because if we set realistic goals for ourselves we become empowered as we see those goals being met.
The areas I am going to focus on this year are emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual. Instead of sitting and complaining about what I don’t have I am going to focus on what I do have.
My first focus is going to be physical. I have written in an earlier blog about the TIA I suffered in August. That was a major wake up call to tune in and get proactive in my own life. I had been sitting on the sidelines for the past five years or so saying poor little old me I am unemployed and no one wants to hire me. I became sedentary and drowned my self pity in food.
So even though I get bored easily it is back to the gym for me. When I work out on my own I seem to feel closer to Him. It strips down all of my barriers and opens my heart and soul , ready to receive His guidance. Sometimes we are so busy with all the outside stimulation in our lives we forget how to be quiet and listen. I go nuts without some sort of noise going. I fall asleep to the sound of the television at night.
God woke me up with that TIA. I was blessed that’s all it was. So now I am here and I have lost a noticeable amount of weight and my blood pressure is great but I know that is just step one. God has a path set out for me when I am ready to take those steps. He is leading me one step at a time to a path that is healthy and nurturing instead of chaotic and destructive.
I do not believe in predestination because if every thing in our lives was predetermined then we would only in essence be passengers in our own lives because we would have no control of an ultimate outcome. I believe God lays paths out before us. We can choose weather to walk down it or not.
Anything is possible to through Him. Letting Him completely in and surrendering to His will is the challenge.