From time to time its good for us to TaKe StOcK of our life. Where we’ve been and where we’re going. What has worked and what has failed. What stays and what goes.
I find the end of the year is a good time for this. January one is synonymous with new BegiNniNgs. And here is the question I am pondering:
What OnE HaBiT (if I had it) would give the “biggest bang for the buck”?
Would that one habit be self-control/discipline, faithfulness, truthfulness, love, patience, kindness, diligence, perseverance, humility, better communication skills, or loyalty?
Chances are we all have that “oNe HaBiT” that (if we possessed it) would change the course of our life. If you have trouble coming up with an answer ask yourself where you have the most conflict in your life. It’s most likely in that area you could use some help. Maybe its money problems; relationship problems; low self-esteem issues; or problems in your thought life, personal life or spiritual life.
As 2011 comes to a close, take some time to take stock of your life. Are you headed down a path that will ultimately take you to your desired destination? It’s well worth the InTroSpeCtiOn.
What’s your “One Habit”?
In Kansas, we live in what is known as the tall-grass prairie.
When explorers first came to the Midwest they called it the “Great American Desert” because they witnessed hundreds of miles of prairie grass that was as tall as a man on a horse. Each spring, by either lightening or fires intentionally set by Native Americans to attract large herds of buffalo, millions of acres of this tall grass prairie were burned to make way for new growth.
Our ranchers continue this TrAdiTioN each spring with controlled fires. Soon after burning the old dry plant material, new lush green grass emerges for their livestock to graze. As a rancher’s daughter, helping burn pasture was a yearly ritual that I very much enjoyed. The crackling sound of the old stems and smell of burnt grass created a chalkboard-like pasture that was wiped clean for a new season. These sights, smells, and sounds create a sense of nostalgia that takes me back to some of my fondest MeMoRiEs as a child.
Just like ranchers, we can perform a similar ritual this spring by eliminating the old to make way for the new. If there is something that has been weighing on your mind or holding you back, now is the time to send it up in flames and get a NeW StARt on life.