Once again I found myself on the phone with a technical support representative in an attempt to fix my Mom’s television service. Bottom line – the entire system needed a reboot. It needed to be unplugged from the wall for a few minutes, and then allowed to go through quite a few stages to correct itself and once again operate efficiently. As I was waiting for this process to complete, it occurred to me that “rebooting” might not be such a bad idea for all of us. And thus it was that I decided on my “word” for 2019…..RESET.
Last year my focus was on LESS. I worked really hard during 2018 to get rid of the things that clutter up my life and embrace the things that really matter. All year long I attempted to be aware of truly being intentional about the things that I allowed to not only enter my life, but to stay there. This year, as January approached I “tried on” several different words. It always takes me a couple of weeks into the New Year to really know for sure which word needs to be my focus. This year, it is time for a RESET.
Most dictionaries say that a reset is fixing things in a new or different way. What an exciting way to start a new year! It didn’t take long for me to realize that so many areas of my life could use a fresh perspective and a different way of doing things. In fact, for my husband and me, life is about to have a major reset of its own. After 18 years of ministry in our current church, we have decided to step down and take some time to figure out exactly where God wants us next. This has been a truly scary and emotional decision, but one that promises to bring about some potentially exciting changes.
During this time of transition, there are so many areas of my own life that I would like to reset:
- Health. The bottom line is that I need to eat less, move more, and learn to think of both of those things as positives rather than negatives. Each year I yearn to lose weight and gain overall benefits, and each year I come up short. Let this be the year that I am able to do all of these things with a total healthy reset!
- Focus. It is so easy for me to focus on trivial things, and to spend wasted time worrying about things that might happen. This year I would like to focus on truly important things, and intentionally work to fill my mind and heart with things that are worthy of my focus.
- Projects. I have started to transfer all of our home videos to DVDs, but have never finished them. I have started journals for my grandbabies, scrapbooks for my children….I could go on and on. This should be the year that I dive into those projects with a fresh determination to see them through. Instead of piles and tubs of videos and photos, it will be wonderful to simply have a few DVDs and scrapbooks.
There are so many more areas that I could choose to reset, but if I can accomplish these three I will consider it a successful and wonderful year. Reset is difficult, because is also means change. It requires motivation and guidance. And it requires flexibility.
What is your “word” this year? I would love to hear from you!