I wish I wrote more. I wish I had more time to do so. I wish I did a few more things. I wish my commitment to present tasks were better. Maybe I would have done better if…
These were my closing thoughts as the year drew its closing curtains.
Gratitude Overwhelms Underachievement.
Does this sound like you too? When I pushed the replay button I saw more gratefulness.
I smiled. That’s the smile my feelings want to take away. The smile the world says I don’t deserve. But that’s the smile God wants for me. The smile of gratitude. The smile of hope.
What does it matter?
In an achievement and title-driven world it is easy to lose sight of the blessings and progress we have made. Are you feeling underachieved? Did you fail to reach your goals the previous year? Is it worth it being hopeful in the New Year?
Here are some simple thoughts to help you.
The past year taught you invaluable lessons.
In the process of going through a ton of feelings, take a few moments to reflect on difficult situations. What did they teach you? The lessons we learn prepare us for our tomorrow. Life lessons are treasures we find on life’s path. So, pick up those treasures and tuck them away. They may save you tomorrow.
The value of life is not in achievements but in quality. It may take you a while to realize but you are worth more than the awards, certificates, titles. You are an influential entity.
The Value Of Your Life Is The Quality Of Life You Live
Rate it on the lives you have touched, the smile you have put on the faces of others. Rate it based on the improvement you have made in your attitude. Rate it upon your growth of spirit, soul and body.
Remember, what scripture says…
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15)
Every day we find hope as we open our eyes. There is hope for today and courage in hope. You can take that step towards forgiveness. You can dream again. You can take that step toward your dreams.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” (Hebrews 10:35)
You gained invaluable moments.
Moments that will be with us forever. We grow differently and we learn different life lessons.
Whether it’s picture-captured or memory-imprinted there are events that occurred in the previous year that will remain in our hearts.
Keep the mostly good moments and learn from the not-pleasant ones. They are learning curves captured in your heart. They are for keeps.
You can start again.
If you still feel beat down, it is no problem. Give yourself another chance. God gives us many chances. We ought to do the same for ourselves. Just make sure to keep trying.
Give yourself a chance to try again. You can start on a fresh page. You can give your dreams another shot this year. You can become a better mom, wife, sister, friend, YOU.
In fact, God has given you another opportunity. He knocks firmly at your door. Maybe it is what you are not doing that is keeping you down. You need to head out this New Year with the Lord.
It is guaranteed to be better than you had imagined.