And just like that, a new year is upon us. My feeds (feedly, Instagram, FB) are filled with ambitious goals, resolutions being set, 365 projects beginning, new goals and new marks made to check off. And unlike usual, I'm feeling NO DESIRE to make a list. I'm feeling no real desire to pen words of hope and ambition.
It's not that I don't have goals, I DO. But as I've been muddling through it in my brain I find I have too many ambitions, too much I want to accomplish, too many marks to check off. And that in itself feels REALLY overwhelming. And I don't know about you but sometimes I just struggle to floss my teeth. If I cannot achieve that one simple goal, should I create various lofty ones? On one hand I say YES! Shoot for the moon! And on the other hand I say maybe the goal is that whatever I may tackle, DO YOUR BEST. Do it well. Do it with thought and care. Do it with integrity.
So my goal this year is very simple. To DO MY BEST. With a lot of grace, compassion, heart, integrity, honesty and love. I'd like to think I do that on a regular basis but I'm simply going to keep that in the forefront of my brain this year. I will check in with myself often "are you doing your best?" or "Is this your BEST?" When you ask yourself that, you tend to push yourself further. Countless times this year in the middle of a workout I'd find myself slacking, FULLY KNOWING I wasn't giving my best. If I'm going to DO the work, then I need to commit and DO THE WORK WELL. Am I doing my best? I will be asking myself that often this year. Be it flossing my teeth more regularly, pushing myself creatively at work or in my parenting. ALL of these things deserve my best. I deserve MY BEST.
And although I intend to do my best, I don't want that to be confused with DOING EVERYTHING. I will also be giving "my best YES" this year and taking a page out of the book The Best Yes and be thoughtful about the things I sign up for and exercise my right to say "no thanks" to things that don't align with my goals or family needs. In and of itself, THAT will be doing my best.
Cheers to you and yours as you enter a new year! This year promises already to hold some very tender moments and times of celebration in our family. We are welcoming whatever He has planned for us with open arms and I promise to do my very best. HAPPY NEW YEAR!