Everything in me wanted to bypass this in my folder of inspirational nuggets. It is only the 9th day of January 2018. I can’t write about Begin Again yet. I know it is true for me, but I don’t want to admit that yet. It seems like I should not be beginning again already, after all, it is only the 9th day of 2018. Welcome to my internal dialogue when deciding how honest to be when I am selecting a blogging topic.
I have committed to focusing on my choices and behaviors this year as opposed to my outcomes. I can’t make the scale show a certain number, but I am the one who chooses what goes into my mouth. I can’t control how I will sleep, but I can make sure my behaviors leading into sleep are setting me up for the best rest possible.
And so, on this 9th day of January, just a short 9 days into the new year, I am aware of how many times I have committed to Begin Again. In my commitment to live honestly with myself and others, I can assure you that this Begin Again flashes in my head daily. I am learning to create expectations and grace in my daily life. I am learning to increase my expectations in areas I fear and allow for grace, especially when I have risked growth. I wonder what your expectation/grace/begin again conversation looks like in the privacy of your own thoughts? Do you have daily goals for yourself? Are you aware when you are acting a way that is counterproductive to what you long for? Are you striving to control your outcomes or influence your beliefs and actions for good?
I am grateful for the words Begin Again and that I am willing to use them daily if needed. I hope you also will join me in making these two powerful and kind words become words of kindness and grace that you embrace into your own journey.