Happy 2018 Everyone!
Are you ready to take this year on. After the steamroller that was 2017, I plan on keeping my eye on 2018. Of course, that’s what I said with 2017. I shared how my plans for the year didn’t flow the way I wanted, but that got me thinking: Where did I go wrong and how do I remedy it?
And, honestly, that didn’t help me.
Where did I go wrong? Life. No, I don’t mean that I went wrong in life. I mean that my plans were foiled by nothing other than everyday life.
What can I do about that?
Redeem my life? In a sense, yes.
I look back on 2017, and further, and I say it’s time to redeem some things.
Maybe I should start singing the song inspired by Maxine Waters’ interview of Mnuchin – “Reclaiming my time”, but this goes beyond that.
Redeem My Time
I don’t want to simply get my time back. I didn’t lose time. I spent it on other things. Things that were important, and things that weren’t always that important.
No, I want to redeem my time.
- Choose my priorities more wisely, and stick to them
- Use the “free” time for better purposes
- Treat the time I spend with my wife and kids purposefully and not as an “interruption”
- Set my goals and make a plan to achieve them
- Actually apply all the time management strategies I’ve learned over the years
Redeem My Relationships
Above and beyond the “time” aspect I mentioned above, I need to make sure I show them that I love them every day. Show them that I value them for who they are. Make this more than words or intentions. My wife, my kids, my mom, my dad, my brothers, my sister. All of them. They deserve to know it.
As much as I love my family, and as much as I value them, there is still no relationship in my life greater than the one I have with Jesus. Only, I really neglect this one. It’s easy to. I don’t physically see Him, so I forget He’s there. I don’t audibly hear Him, so I forget He’s there. Bottom line? I forget He’s there. A lot. I don’t act the way He’s called me to act. I don’t love the way He loved. Do I pray? Yes, but not enough. Do I read the Bible? Yes, but that’s become another book to me lately. Do I care for those I can see and hear on a daily basis – even strangers? Definitely not.
This one’s a bit harder for me. I’m an introvert to an extreme most times. I have friends, but I spend zero time with any of them. I’m horrible on social media. Once in awhile I’ll wish someone Happy Birthday on Facebook, but what is that? If I can’t call them or see them on a daily basis, can’t I send them a message or email just to say hi?
This goes along with the whole redeeming my time.
Redeem My Talents
Even when I don’t plan on putting limits on myself, I do.
I am a writer. I know this. I love doing it. However, am I a novel writer? Honestly, I can write flash fiction and short stories with ease. Yes, they still need editing and tweaking, all stories do. But, when it comes to a full length novel? Yeah, I struggle. A lot of writers do.
But, do you know where my first love in writing lays? Plays and scripts. I once entered a movie script contest. I’d never written a script in my life. I made it to the third round. The reason I washed out of it? Because I’d never written a script in my life, and it showed. The reason it went as far as it did was because the story was good.
I am a storyteller, and I have a lot of stories to tell.
This does not mean that I will stop working on the novels I’m currently writing, but it does mean I will explore plays and scripts again. It means that I will keep developing my storytelling talent and let it flow into every form of expression.
Redeem The Image of God
I believe that every human being is made in the image of God. Every single person. Including the ones I may not like or drive me crazy.
I write about valuing others on this blog: human trafficking; childhood poverty; poverty as a whole; gender equality; honoring those of different religions (or no religion); honoring LGBTQIA. I won’t agree with everyone. No one can agree with everyone and still be true to who they are as a person. However, everyone has intrinsic value because they were made in the image of God. Even if they don’t believe in God, I believe they still hold that value.
I fail in showing others that they are valued, that they are loved.
What will this look like? My plans to redeem my year?
I don’t know. Not all of it. It means a lot more intentional planning. The time aspect will require the most planning. Once I have that figured out, I won’t be caught up in the busyness of life and I can actually show my family and others that yes, I do value them.
And that these aren’t just words on a blog.
When I fail, and I’m sure I will, part of redeeming my year means that I won’t wallow in that failure. I’ll get back up and try it again. And again. And again.
So, 2018, are you ready?
How about you? What are your plans for 2018? Are you ready to take it on?
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