A new year, a spirit of gratitude l Worship

By Arhiaha Shek | Jan 30, 2019

Happy 2019! 52 weeks, 365 days and 8,760 hours full of possibilities. For many of us, a brand-new year is a chance to reach new goals, and another attempt to achieve what we haven’t yet. For others of us a new year may cause some anxiety - a reminder of failed attempts that cause us to worry about the future.

Last year one of my goals was to read at least 12 books - one each month. Quickly I realized my “free time” was going instead to other activities I enjoyed equally. This included working out, and getting together with friends and family.

The month of June came around, and I had only read one book cover-to-cover. Feeling disappointed, I thought I could do better. Instead, I decided to develop a spirit of gratitude.

I realized that instead of reading, I had also enjoyed time outdoors hiking and camping with my husband Nathan. I was also grateful for trips both close to home and further away to connect with friends and family.

Rather than dwelling on the goal I had not accomplished, I was grateful for the new experiences, and fun moments with others. In the great scheme of things my desire to read more books was small, because I was able to experience new things.

This 2019, I will balance my goal of reading books with other activities I enjoy.

My guess is I am not the online one who feels the drive to do well with goals and still feels disappointed.

Even with activities we enjoy, for some of us, it is easy to put a lot of pressure and expectations on ourselves. We tend to love a version of ourselves that does not exist yet - but it looks pretty good in our head!

It’s easy to focus on what we haven’t achieved than to remember the goals we have accomplished as well as those who have shared the journey with us.

During this new year may you remember with gratitude the journey of where you’ve been, and extend yourself some grace.


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