- I have taken inventory of special people who have impacted my life and written them thank-you letters. A new name came to mind today, and I know this person will be blown away when they receive their note next week. To my surprise, I received a note back expressing the deep sentiment felt at receiving my letter, and to be reminded of my place in that person’s memory was equally treasured! Of course these people are listed and have a special place in my Luke 2:52 Box. I made a point when choosing the perfect stationary to also choose a special box for all of the elements of my year long journey, and it is already a treasure to me as I add to it each week and use it to keep me on track.
- My gratitude journal is well on its way to becoming a daily regimen and is providing a constant reminder to me of the “Glass is Half Full” principle. There is a sense of not taking so many things for granted and simply being more aware of daily kindnesses and circumstances. I also find myself getting less annoyed or frustrated and able to laugh more and stress less. My tendency to be cynical and critical is giving way to compassion, and my mindset on daily chores as mundane and bothersome is returning to what once was acts of love and kindness. One other thing; I think I caught myself smiling more last week 🙂
- Regrets which I unknowingly was allowing to stifle hopefulness and positive change have been identified and either released or put into the “Open Opportunities” compartment of my box. The act of placing these regrets into such a physical location to be seen and viewed as real has provided the motivation to actually begin to see these opportunities as realities which can be attained instead of lost. Realizing the value of goal setting and storyboarding the road to turning these opportunities into realities is providing me with the motivation to pursue them, and I have decided to devote more time these through my journey.
- My Albatross named “Fear” has been exposed, and the persistent daily releasing of this cumbersome creature is providing a strong sense of peace and anticipation as I write down my fears on a regular basis and deposit them into the “Transitions” compartment of my box. It is clear to me for the most part that the very things which I find fearful are simply transitions which have not taken place yet, such as future accomplishments, family changes, occupational dreams, etc. Reframing allows me to choose the adventure and move toward the transition instead of running or hiding from it.
- Cleaning my thought filter has probably been the most beneficial exercise I have done thus far and is preparing me for a task I know will be coming in the future weeks. It has provided me the opportunity to daily disarm my distorted and negative thought patterns and reprogram my thinking with truth, resulting in a marked difference in my attitude and behavior already. One of my favorite speakers keeps a file of index cards with quotes, stories and anecdotes which are most important to his speeches and laminates them to signify such. For now, I keep mine with me at all times as a point of reference and encouragement, but I think I am going to have some fun laminating! Though not planned, I have also been blessed to have a wise friend walking along beside me through this process, allowing me not only the release of these negative and distorted thought patterns but also wise counsel and encouragement necessary to refrain from backtracking.
My original plan was to tackle one thing per week, but “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9. If I am truly seeking wisdom, then I will not focus on what is lacking, but rather be encouraged that progress is being made and growth is happening.