Day 76: Happy New You

I don’t really want to blog just another end of year, new year story. I don’t want to talk about goals for the coming year. I don’t want to relive everything I did this past year. Sure, there was some great stuff, and there was some lousy, but why do this “out with the old, in with the new” thing every year?

Isn’t it all we’ve been talking about the past 75 days, every moment, every day that allows us to make positive steps forward? It’s connecting with others; it’s putting down the technology and really seeing the “who” around us; it’s finding our passions and exercising them; it’s loving the God who loves us, and then loving others, showing grace and compassion, because of it; it’s laughing at ourselves and allowing ourselves to be the imperfect us that we are; it’s laughing with those around us, and finding those kindreds amongst us.

Living this way is so much better than resolutions, or goals, or whatever name you put to them. Yes, we need something to reach for, but why not just reach for the next moment, and make it the best it possibly can be given the circumstances we have. If you have to have a goal, make it one of those short-termed leaps we chatted about the other day. That way, you don’t have to go on a guilt trip by the end of January about what a big failure you are. Remember? Leap a short two-week goal that you can take action on. Then, do another leap…

This Finding Kindreds way of life has become a daily journey. If I keep reaching for the next moment, it’s good enough for me, and I can’t wait to see what I’ve learned along the way by this time next year. Happy 2016!

DAY 76 HOMEWORK: Enjoy your connections tonight, and give yourself some grace! Be safe, and walk with your head high into the New Year.

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