Kindred's theme for January was CREATE. So often we start the new year thinking about what we want to remove from our lives, but in my article CREATING AN INTENTION FOR YOUR YEAR, I argue that what we're really trying to do is create something new, something better for our lives:
"Unless we have a vision for the good we want to bring forth in our lives, we’ll have little power to reject the bad. Why pull weeds unless you have a harvest to nurture?"
This topic is a favorite for me because I believe words have power and the words we speak over our own lives, the truths we claim for ourselves, can transform everything.
But I'll share something here I didn't in the article: my words for 2016.
My 2016 words: Daily Faithfulness.
My personality is goal-oriented and I'm great at programs, plans, and short-term intensives. My self-discipline is a sprinter: strong and fast in short bursts. What I'm not good at is endurance running--the long, slow, unexciting journey that has none of the bravado of a race, but can get me all the way across the country. And in daily faithfulness to the path, I can actually go farther faster than the sum of all my sprints.
Part of what inspired this counter-intuitive move for me was reading Steven Pressfield's DO THE WORK, which encourages the reader to stop posturing, waiting, and planning to work. Stop talking about the work. Just do the work. It's just the only way forward.
That resonated with me, but not just for writing. For fitness, home-management, and personal growth, it's all the same. Nothing fancy, just do a little every day. It's the radical moderate I so crave when I'm constantly vacillating between the extremes of discipline and exhaustion. It's both gentler and also much much harder.
My intention for this year has already challenged me deeply, but I'm not giving up. Because, as Anne Shirley said "...tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet." If my goal is dailiness, then every day is fresh start. As a writer I tend to fear the blank page, but I'm learning to see it as a daily mercy, an invitation to begin again.
Best of luck to you in what you hope to create in your new year as well. Go under grace.