New Years is a good time to look back over the last year and set goals for the new one. I look back and see some things I’d like to do better this coming year. I’m hesitant to write them out because it seems like if I tell other people my goals, I’m less likely to do them. So I’m posing them with a “Let’s see…” phrase instead of as an “I will…” statement.
Things I’d like to do this year:
- Let’s see if I can live a simpler, calmer life and resist the temptation to busy myself and fret over things I can’t change this year.
- Let’s see how many days I can read my Bible this year.
- Let’s see if I can share the gospel with more people this year (to do this, I have to make the gospel more of a priority in my own life: see #2).
- Let’s see how many days I can walk 3 miles this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
- Let’s see if I can get to sleep earlier and get up earlier this year.
- Let’s see if I can do with less coffee and more water this year (I won’t eliminate coffee because I believe there are some health benefits to the beverage in moderation, but I do need to drink more water).
- Let’s see if I can eat well this year (sub-goals of this would be to see if I can limit dessert to only once a week at most, not drink soda, stick primarily to the outside aisle of the grocery store, concentrating on produce and fresh, all-natural meats and eggs, limit dairy products other than yogurt, and reduce my intake of items that contain gluten).
- Let’s see if I can get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer this year (my study materials arrived this week!).
- Let’s see if I can read more books and watch less TV this year.
- Let’s see if I can live on a tight budget and still save this year.
Finally, I wanted to share a prayer that has been hanging in our house since I was a little girl, The Serenity Prayer:
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.