Yup! that is correct only two!
Actually, there are many more! As I look back not only over 2018 but also over these last 25 years of homeschooling my seven children, TWO very profound truths rise to the top!
Numero uno on the list is: If I don’t write it down it will never happen.
Yup! I know that seems so lame and not very profound BUT I tell you it is essential. I realized some time ago that in order for me to truly embrace my days, months, years with intention, I needed to have the important things written down.
I am not talking about being super organized or having a “set in stone” planner for the week or even the day. What I mean is to actually think about and write down my deeply held beliefs!
AND use verbs because they are actionable, like this:
- Give until it hurts and expect no reward – the only thing I can control are my actions.
- Pause before speaking, listen to others with patience.
- Spend time getting to know another soul on this temporary existence to taste tidbits of heaven.
Putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard is a deliberate act of intention that creates focus and clarity.
So I created for you a handy little WRITING PROMPT sheet for your YEAR IN REVIEW. Just three SIMPLE prompts to guide you in reflection. It is fashioned after one I received from my trusted coach Marie and I am doing it too! Click on this button to get your copy…
While this can be a great way to review my past year and look ahead for the new year, writing it down is a way to “own” what I do! I find when I take the time to step back and reflect on my kiddos passions and gifts, write down ONE GOAL for each then the result is real lasting success.
You see, this written goal translates to the daily tasks for the child. I become laser focused that their curriculum for the day, month, year all align with this ONE all important GOAL.
And on a very practical level, you know well that even the act of writing down a to-do list or scheduling a visit with friends ONLY actually happens when you write it down!
See it works on so many levels!!!
Okay, now onto SECOND TRUTH, which is the more spiritual and profound truth to share.
I borrow the line from my confirmation saint, St. Therese of the Little Flower:
“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.” – St. Therese
My entire life, as I reflect on it, is truly a miracle set in motion by profound love. You can read MY STORY to learn more details about that journey, but suffice it to say that, God is LOVE, and He loves me very much!
In thanksgiving for this love, I need to remember that everything I do, say or act upon, done with LOVE is my humble gift of love to the Father!
“My grace is enough for you, for My power manifests itself in your weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
What have you learned?
Let me know in the comments below, please share your reflections and insights…