Some of the good things that happened were leading my daughter's Girl Scout troop, starting a local Christian writer's group, attending my first ACFW conference, entering the Genesis contest for the first time and having two manuscripts to final and place. We found a new church and started attending a Bible study there. I signed a contract with my agent, Terry Burns. I've watched my daughter grow and surpass the things her school thought she'd be able to do this year. I finished a manuscript and started a new one.
I don't think anyone likes getting older, but the alternative isn't appealing either. So each year that we live is another blessing to add to our stack of years. Usually I look at all the things I have yet to accomplish. This year I'm choosing to look at all the things I did accomplish. I've always lived in a state of the future, planning this, planning that, and goals, goals, goals are my history. Some of my goals have been realistic and some weren't and those failures were hard to accept.
For instance, I wanted my fiction to be published by the time I turned 30. That was a rude awakening and unrealistic. Tomorrow I'll be 36 and I'm still trying to reach this goal, but now I don't have an age limit or a time frame on it. Putting that burden on myself six years ago was very, very hard. Now I think, sometime in my lifetime will be good, preferrably sooner than later. Like the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:3-5), I keep asking, seeking, and knocking (Matthew 7:7-8). I figure it has to come sometime, right? The word is truth.
While I believe goals are good, I want to start just enjoying life. That's one of the things I think I can do better. Quit trying to accomplish all these things and just live the blessing of the life that God has given me. Love my loved ones better and spend more time with them. The older I get, the more protective I become of my time--the more value it has to me.
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