Like a true procrastinator, my goals for 2017 are being submitted to the universe way past the customary New Year’s deadline. If I say I’m sorry that I’m this late, I’d be lying so let’s get right to it.
2016 was an interesting year for this reforming Type A personality. Ever since I fell in love with stationery, I’ve had notebooks full of plans and deadlines. It was not uncommon to see red scribbles of frustration next to plans yet unfulfilled (by the time God got to me in the production line, His bag of Patience must have been running low). I’d draw smiley faces next to and lines through the goals that I had accomplished on time, but my focus tended to be on those plans that seemingly forever eluded me. Admittedly, this was a pretty stressful way to live. I wasn’t very good at being in the moment or acting spontaneously.
I say “was” because on 9th December, 2016, I had a mini bonfire/vigil/happy dance, and page by page I burnt each notebook and vowed to be less stringent and more Bohemian (as my sis puts it) in my approach to life. As the embers flew around my feet, I felt utterly weightless. I haven’t totally abandoned my responsibilities to drift through life aimlessly, but man, I’ve loosened up. Considerably. So what’s the plan?
I DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A PLAN!
That’s the awesome news. I don’t have much of a plan. In 2017, I will say “yes” more. “Yes” to outings and dinner parties and *cough* wedding invitations and other events where people congregate. As an introvert, my automatic response tends to be “no” but I’ve found that “yes” has not been as unpleasant as I’d imagined it would be. I still have to pace myself but it’s been worth it so far. I plan to say “yes” without overthinking it and just go with the flow.
The only other plan I have is to draw closer to God and be more in tune with His plans for me. I’ve done it my way for decades and quite frankly, I expected more at this stage so maybe it’s time to defer to His wisdom.
And that’s it. “Yes” and God. Yes to God!
How have your 2017 goals been shaping up so far?