What should we do now that the year 2017 is over and 2018 has begun? We harvest the ripened crops of course. Then, we plant more seeds for the future. As I take the time to reflect on the past year, I see my successes and my failures. I thrived in some areas and fell short in others. This is where the lessons are learned. However, lessons are not learned if we have closed our mind’s eye to the act of learning those lessons.
I used to go through life feeling defeated when things went wrong. Still, to this day, I often allow myself to feel defeated. That is until I realized that I can choose to go a different way or do a different thing. I remember that when I feel alone, I still have a select few who are always there for me to catch me when I fall. Through failed relationships and failed projects and endeavors, they are always there for me. I am talking about my family and my God.
I had a goal at one time that superseded all other goals. It was the goal of marriage. I’ve failed to connect with anyone who I feel is worthy of that institution. I’ve since focused on two other goals that mean more to me than anything else. Those goals are health and self-sufficiency.
Several years ago I planted the seeds for self-sufficiency when I enrolled to SNHU for my bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing. I’m not unrealistic in my endeavor, though. I am fully aware that writers are everywhere and most cannot make a stable living on just writing. I do know that my degree will open doors and that is all I am looking for–opened doors. As for health, well, I’ve failed to efficiently encourage growth. When I speak of health, I mean living healthy. I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink, which is a step in the right direction. Eating clean and eating healthy is the goal I strive to achieve.
For this new year of 2018, I plan to continue growing the seeds for self-sufficiency by completing my degree and graduating in May. I will plant new seeds for health and will hopefully have an abundant harvest by the end of the year. Two goals, two harvests. I consider these seeds a deposit into my future.
What seeds will you plant?