It's been a tradition for me to select a verse as a "new year's goal", and this year I'm keeping with the tradition but I am also going to choose a word to focus on.
Be still, and know that I am God...
- Psalm 46:10
Sometimes I feel like life gets in the way. That probably means something different to everyone, but for me that means that I get wrapped up in daily tasks, to-do lists, wants, work, etc. That usually ends in my mind going a million miles a minute. Worry starts - sometimes big and sometimes small worries. I went into more detail a while back (here), but this year I'm making more of an effort to truly focus on being "still" and trusting that God will take care of life.
That brings me to my word for 2016. There seems to be a lot of stuff in life, and I'm not just talking about material things. At times it feels like as soon as you catch up you fall behind again. Or just when you organize/simplify one area in your life (or one room in your house) you take a deep refreshing breath and realize there's so much more to do!
This year I want to simplify. That might mean donating un-used items to someone that could use them, donating clothes that I don't wear anymore (or can't fit into...let's be honest). Maybe that means taking more weekend trips to see new places, and not worrying if the laundry didn't get done or if the house isn't spotless! It could mean to just live and enjoy life in the moment without constantly trying to accomplish the next item on the list.
Everyone approaches stress (or what causes stress) differently. But I think that everyone can relate to needing a little more simplicity in life.
Happy New Year!