We’re half way through the first month of the New Year and it’s a good time to embrace the moment.  What were those resolutions you made a couple weeks ago that already are beginning to fade as you ponder the too full schedule and the unrealistic expectations you’ve probably placed on yourself?  I invite you to stand back for just a moment and whether you’re surrounded by sunshine and green grass, or fresh falling snow and wintry roads, to stop.  Stop and breathe.  Stop and get your bearings.  The joy of beginning a new year or even of rising with the sun on each new day is that it comes with a choice.  What will I see?  What opportunities are before me?  How can I participate in the things that will bless my life more fully?  What am I waiting for?

I don’t know about you and how you need to answer those questions for yourself, but I do know about me.  I know that I start this kind of thinking with great enthusiasm.  I will set new goals.  I will publish a humor book.  I will do more speaking. I will lose weight.  I will find a life partner.  Well, I will do some of those things, and maybe all of those things if that’s the work God agrees is mine to do, but more than anything, no matter what the goal, I realize this.  I have to DO something toward those goals every day.  I have to check my goals list, write one page of that humor book, choose to eat more wisely, be willing to meet someone new and on and on, or nothing will change.  I have to be willing to step out and step up!  I have to believe that the God of my heart is walking with me from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning.  It’s the middle of January.

I’ll be speaking at a conference in the middle of February in North Carolina.  I hope to report that one month from today, I’ve moved forward on my new goals.  I’m sharing all of this so that you can help hold me accountable.  When January comes, I start the year with high hopes.  This year, I’m starting with higher hopes than ever.  As Louisa May Alcott said so long ago, “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”  Follow your dreams.

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