From the time that Benjamin Franklin was 20 years old, he worked on a personal growth program. He methodically exerted himself toward excellence in three areas: mentally, physically and morally. Ol’ Ben worked on these areas throughout his life and wrote about his program in his autobiography – an interesting read.
I am no Ben Franklin. And I’m not 20 years old anymore. I gave up New Year’s Resolutions years ago and instead tried integrating change as needed. That was more productive, but still required a lot of legalistic contortions in order to succeed. I discovered this past autumn that mentally working on a situation in progress is riding the bullet train that’s headed for a giant redwood tree. Not the one you can drive through. Painful. When I stopped trying to figure it out in my head, I heard from my heart. When I heard my heart, it was clear and simple. No heroics were required, just trusting that the still, small Voice I heard was right.
And that is my word to remember for 2013. Trusting. The last two years have been painful. Events and relationships have stretched me, and bruised me; others have made me grow. I spent a lot of mental energy trying to “fix” things that, truth be known, did not need to be fixed, only to be learned from. This year, with God’s help, I will listen to my heart and trust what he brings my way, and trust him to get me through.
How about you? Have you made resolutions, or do you have a word? I’d love to hear from you.