'Tis the Season!
I took a deep breath this morning because my house felt so spacious. Sure, its a little bit sad to pack away the Christmas decor, but any sadness is quickly replaced by the freshness of a room that feels like it has magically become ten times bigger just by taking down a 7X4 tree.
For me, personally, this is the most wonderful time of the year. I've gone rounds with Christmas, gotten lost on Easter, and flat out forgotten every other holiday prep I had planned to do all year.
But this one?
I don't forget it.
Because I love it.
List making and goal setting. Dreaming and fresh starts no matter how many times you have failed and fallen short the year before. Yeah, I'm always up for being made new.
As it turns out, though, I'm not in a season of huge life changes and major productivity. With five kids under seven to raise up and educate my pace for any kind of change is glacial.
It feels a little thin.
These huge whole life altering resolutions feel unsteady. Like if the slightest thing shifts the ice will crack right under my feet.
So I started choosing one small step in the right direction. Social scientists call it "habit layering" and that feels right. Isn't that how glaciers move? By melting one thin layer at a time? Sliding imperceptible inches forward with each passing year?
It feels a little thin.
This idea of imperceptible inches each year. But I'm wise enough to know now that inches are better than the rush of falling through.
Last year homeschool was a disaster for us, nobody was happy with how things were going. So I decided to do one thing. All About Reading. If nothing else got done. Fine. So be it.
Somehow, we inched forward each day this year. Before I know we were sliding. Gliding. The sharp edges word away by a thin layer melted.
It's the miracle of a habit. A daily practice until it's almost a liturgy. Because the life we practice dictates the people we become. Layer upon layer we are building a life.
You know that word, "intentional" that people are always throwing around? Yeah, that used to annoy me. (Okay, fine, it still does a little bit.) But I get it now. I think they meant that we decide how we are going to move forward or we get pulled under by the rushing tide of cracking ice.
Daniel used the word "purposed." I like that one better. He made one choice. One habit. It changed the course of his entire life.
So what will you do on purpose? What one habit? What thin layer? With these thin layers we build a powerful life. With a thin layer you move it forward.
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