On today's Faith & Family Live Cast, Rachel Balducci and I had a discussion about the concept of choosing one word this year for a New Year's resolution. Rachel hasn't chosen hers definitively yet, but is pondering the word "Grace". I think that word fits her perfectly and is also very key to what she is anticipating this year -- the birth of another wonderful family member and the launch of her first book.
Since our conversation, I've been pondering what my "one word" would be. There are so many good ones... "grace" (taken, LOL), "fortitude", "thanksgiving", "fat free" (tempting...LOL!).
I think I've decided on my word for 2010: "Intentional".
When I stop to anticipate all that will happen in my world this year -- the launch of a book, Eric's college selection and departure, Adam learning to drive, a high school graduation, tons of trips, and just life in general -- it all starts to get a bit overwhelming. I so often easily flit from item to item on my to do list, knocking off the top few quickly and leaving the tough stuff to be tackled at some later date. The result is a sense of barely controlled chaos that often leaves me feeling like I haven't given my best to any one thing. The balls may all be being juggled up in the air, but the juggler is often worn out and ready to drop a few, if not all of them.
So this year, I'm going to work on being intentional. In my prayer life, in the way I organize my time and my space, in my eating and exercise, and most importantly in my relationships. Life's twists and turns will still mean that plans may change and on the fly decisions will need to be made, but in general I'm going to try to slow down a bit and be more careful, prudent, thoughtful and intentional in my approach to things.
Two examples from the past two days of this philosophy being challenged:
- Yesterday, I had a follow up appointment with my radiation oncologist. All is well, but his regimen has me scheduled for a mammogram in three months and another follow up with him the week following the mammo. The old Lisa would have put it on her "to do" list to call and make those appointments, procrastinating and seeing him a year from now. The intentional Lisa scheduled the appointments before leaving his office.
- Today, we were notified that our credit card has been compromised. Blessedly, the activity was caught quickly and we will not be penalized or held financially responsible. The old Lisa would have freaked out and felt angry. The intentional Lisa counted our blessings, made a few phone calls, said a prayer for the thief and moved on.
These things are baby steps. But the truth of the matter is that most days are made of those baby steps. What we do along the way, the intent and purpose with which we live out each day, will define the changes we can make within ourselves and how we can serve the world around us.
I'm likely to fall off of my "one word" wagon numerous times this year. But it feels good to have a watchword, a theme, for the progress I hope to make personally this year.
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