2016 was a good year. I had interesting professional opportunities come my way. I engaged in volunteer activities I really enjoy. My family is happy, healthy, and thriving. I am blessed beyond measure. So why was 2016 a struggle for me? Why did I find myself regularly in a state of discontentment? Of restlessness? Fighting frustration and not knowing if I was focusing my efforts where I should be?
When I reflected back on the year and wrote my 2017 goals, I struggled with why these feelings kept creeping into my days when I have so very much to be thankful for. One thing kept coming to mind. And I have decided to make that word my focus for 2017.
Gratitude. (Or my lack there 0f) …
It is hard to admit when the reason something isn’t working is because of you. But I was sabotaging my own ability to enjoy my life in 2016 by not appreciating and cultivating what I have.
In 2017, my life will be lived through a new outlook. One of gratitude. One of thankfulness. One where I take time to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. And not only the blessings, but the failures. The disappointments that have been learning experiences and helped me to grow as a person.
Did you create 2017 goals? Two weeks into the New Year, are you already struggling with them? Try stepping back and taking some time to be grateful. Gratitude and thankfulness may be just the thing that you are looking for this year.