Giving Thanks & Starting Over
It's hard to believe that the first quarter of 2013 has passed already. Why is it that the older I get, the faster time seems to fly by?
Have you accomplished what you hoped in the first three months of this year? I haven't, although I did get some things done for which I'm grateful. I had hoped that Do No Harm would be finished by now. And that I would be back on track in my regular workout schedule.
But here's the thing: hoping won't get goals accomplished. Only doing will make that happen.
And here's another thing (a really great thing): every day is a chance to start again.
God's mercies are new every morning (thank God for that!)
And every morning the world starts over.
My tendency is to focus on the things I haven't done, the things that haven't gone the way I'd hoped. But I am trying to learn to focus on the positive. And honestly, the last couple of weeks I've been consumed with the many things I have to be grateful for. Such as:
- the fact that God's mercies are new every morning (!!)
- a husband who loves me and supports me in the crazy things I think up (like . . . this whole writing thing, and moving to New York a few years ago with our five young kids so I could go to law school, and . . .)
- my kids are healthy and happy
- I have a great job that challenges my mind every day
- I've been given opportunities to grow and learn as a writer–and make some amazing new friends–by attending the My Book Therapy Deep Thinkers retreat and, most recently, the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference
- affirmation of my writing by judges in the fiction contests I've entered this year
- a major breakthrough in a complicated, contentious matter I've been working on for three years (for a client of my law practice)
- did I mention those new mercies every morning?
Today is the first day of the second quarter of 2013. I spent some time last night thinking about my goals for this quarter, and writing them down. Some of them are very private, but I thought I'd share some with you:
- Finish Do No Harm and send it to the agent who, at Mount Hermon, reaffirmed her request to see it when it's finished.
- Get back on track with regular workouts and healthy eating. (For those of you who are time management geeks like me: yes, the actual goal as I wrote it down is more specific and measurable than that!)
- Give thanks daily for the many blessings in my life.
Your turn: What are you thankful for today? What is one thing you plan to accomplish in the next three months?
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