I have had a glorious day—here’s what I did. I had planned to drive three hours to a funeral but at 6 a.m. when I woke up, I was three miles and 30 minutes past exhausted. Instead of pushing myself, I turned over and went back to sleep. I woke up three hours later, enjoyed a new magazine, had brunch, saw the matinee of the new Amy Poehler/Tina Fey movie and laughed out loud, wandered around downtown until 5:30 and had dinner with my lil sweet husband. Now I’m lounging in MY chair. That might not sound like fun to you, but I assure you today’s activity—or lack thereof—probably saved my life. Soooooo, in the remaining days this year, here are three things I’m hoping we do and will get done to give 2016 a triumphant start:
- Be still
- Learn the language
First, be still and hear. Be still and learn. Be still and reflect. Be still and understand. Be still and plan. The common denominator here? BE STILL. We need to listen and hear God, not just talk. We need quiet time to think creatively and see solutions we won’t if we keep moving. This quote from “Anonymous” says it best. “Intense and important work requires reflection.” Being your best you is intensive and important work, so BE STILL while the Lord works things out!
Second, declutter is a seeing word and it speaks for itself. Declutter everything– your car, closet, desk, surfaces, mind, heart…, everything! If you have a spot that attracts clutter, remove, move or reorganize/organize it. I prescribe to the notion “A place for everything and everything in its place.” That’s fine if you don’t, but imagine how much time you’re wasting “rambling” as my mother called it for your keys, glasses, homework that needs to be signed, bills that need to be paid, that hideous brown scarf that goes to the ugly striped tan dress. Multiply that by 15 minutes 365 days a year to see how much time you’re wasting. Clean it out, move it out, have a garage sale, take it to the consignment shop, you fill in the blank, but don’t keep shuffling “stuff” around.
Learn the language, Notice I didn’t say learn a new language (though that is an excellent suggestion) but you must learn to manage you better. Here’s what I mean: No is a complete sentence. Use it and mean it. Don’t take on anything else until/unless you let something go. AND, stop letting folks volunteer you for stuff. My favorite line is “Cynthia Ann can and will speak for herself.” Start doing more of what makes you happy and less of what doesn’t. Start early so you won’t be late. Arrive alive and live until you die—we need you!
Make happy memories this holiday season and make 2016 your best year yet! Be blessed and keep shining!