I know that most of December is still ahead of us and that we have much to do and enjoy before it is over, but my January calendar is already on a shelf…reminding me that a new year is approaching. We’ve just finished moving to a new home. We’re experiencing some new health challenges. We’re developing some new routines. And we’re anticipating some exciting events next year. I’m not sure what God has planned for us, but I’m preparing for a year that is interesting, challenging, and fulfilling. In preparation I have determined that I need to do five things. These are not resolutions or even plans, but simply logical actions that should help me maintain a useful, peaceful, and joyful lifestyle.
- Stay true to my beliefs and continue to trust in the Lord. That means reading my Bible and praying for daily guidance.
- Make my own health a priority so that I will be strong enough to meet the challenges of each day. I need to exercise daily and eat healthy foods.
- Continue to simplify my life. I need to get rid of more of the “stuff” I’ve accumulated that serves no purpose. There are things that bring me joy and evoke great memories. Those will stay in my life even if they are in a storage tub in the spare room. I can take them out and enjoy them whenever the mood strikes me. But there are also things that are simply remnants of former lifestyles or houses or activities that need to be thrown out or given away.
- Make some serious choices about my future activities. There are only so many hours in the day and I don’t want to waste precious time on things that are simply “habits”. Just because I’ve done something in the past doesn’t mean I need to continue it. I’ve been deleting old photos from my computer files in order to make room for new ones. I need to do the same with some of my current activities.
- Stay connected to family and friends. I know many people think that FB and other social media sites are a waste of time. However, as I get older I realize that anything that enables me to remain in contact with others is good if used in moderation. I love sharing with family and friends who are now spread all over the globe.
I hope you enjoy today! I will…but I’ll also be looking forward.