Happy Easter Y Friends,
The 5th week of our COVID-19 altered world begins on the day that Christians around the world celebrate as the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, many are missing celebrating this joyous event with the community of their Church families. While the absence of this celebration in your traditional way is challenging to deal with, I hope you are able to enjoy the day in new ways with your family. The message of hope and rebirth that accompanies Easter is so relevant in our current times. We have to practice patience in our circumstances right now because what is on the other side will be shaped by how we spend our time now.
Like many of you, I am grappling with the altered world we are all living in for the unknown future. My focus bounces from family to work to fitness to home and back again. One practice that has helped me though is the setting of goals each week. I shared my initial goals with you that focused on drinking water, creating content for you and moving my body. I am meeting those goals for the most part—sometimes I stumble, sometimes I crash but I am counting each day that I accomplish 2 of the 3 a win.
In our world prior to this shutdown, I don’t know that I would have been comfortable only meeting 2 out of 3 of my goals—but then prior to the shutdown, I was juggling about 75 different priorities and I was measuring about half of them. What if we take this week (and the next few that will follow) to really be intentional about our goals? What if we really take a few moments, hours, or days to reflect on what was, and imagine how with a better us, we could improve not only ourselves, but also our families and our communities?
SMART Sunday—what are your goals that you will focus on this week to improve over the next month? Are you worried about your health? Are you concerned about your finances? Are you worried about your family? How can you flip the script in your head and ask—How can I take better care of my health? How can I take better control of my finances? How can I take better care of my family?
For example, if you are worried about your weight–What if you planned your meals for the week? What if you tracked your intake for a day, then two, then 7? How would you feel if you were able to know that you made the choices that were best for you?
Setting small goals now will help us reach large goals in the future. It’s not easy-it requires the desire to change, a willingness to learn, and an ability to reflect on our behaviors. But if we commit to the small goals the outcomes will be amazing.
God Bless You and Your Families! I am praying for you during this time—for your strength, for your health, for our community.
In Good Health, Theresa