On Monday, Melissa talked about how she wants to live this year intentionally. I find it ironic because I feel like last year was about just surviving for me and my small family. We survived my husband not having a job for several months, we survived and adored the new addition to our family, and we survived many familial stresses.
If I were to guess, I’d have to say that we aren’t done surviving.
But is surviving really living?
Yes, 2011 was rough in so many ways. I know that 2012 will bring its own challenges, though. And I’m tired of just surviving.
Ann Voskamp, a woman whom I admire and learn from daily, started naming her years beginning in 2008. I start naming mine in 2012.
Last year, I lived each day as it came, with no schedule, no reason, just tossed by the waves of life. This year? This year I want to live each day with purpose. With intention. Unhindered by the things, the stresses that so easily entangle me. Unhindered by my own lack of purpose.
However, I am prone to forget even the simplest directions. So what am I going to do to remind myself to live with purpose? Remind myself with notecards in prominent places. Places that I visit every day. Places that will get noticed, even if I forget.
Places like beside my computer. Places like the bathroom mirror. Places like the sink. And even places like behind the changing table.
If I’m going to live with purpose, I need to purposefully remind myself at many different times throughout my day. Because otherwise I would drown in the sea with the waves that seem too big for me. The tasks that seem to loom over me like a tsunami even if they are just ripples in a pond.
What does living purposefully look like to me? It’s making sure that the house stays clean, that laundry is done, and that I spend quality time with my daughter. It’s taking the time to reconnect with God, to spend time with Him daily. And it’s even taking some time for me when I need it. Purposefully doing and not just going with the flow. Living life, not just reacting to it.