HOORAY, It is that time again. Time for graduations. Admittedly, I love graduations. Just the song playing gives me goosebumps and makes me misty- eyed. To come together for the purpose of honoring these people who have stepped forward, worked hard and achieved their goal is very gratifying to me. Whether it is Kindergarten, High School or University, it is important to stand with them and celebrate this huge accomplishment and stand with them in support in going forward in their next steps.
For those of us long past these years of graduations ourselves it is fun to be the encouragers, cheerleaders, supporters. But then think about this. How long has it been since you have set a challenge for yourself, worked hard and celebrated the achievement?. We often just let days slide by, doing what needs to be done, caught up in just getting by or paying the bills, feeding ourselves and cleaning etc. We may have do- do lists or checklists, but if we are honest, these things don’t really challenge us or push the boundaries of our abilities. We often procrastinate because we really don’t care about these activities and then when the deadline looms, we engage and meet the deadline. You may balk at the idea of taking on one more thing, because face it life is busy and often already overwhelming. What I am suggesting here is rising above the mundane idea of what everyone else wants you to do with your life or what is expected. Setting a real challenge in your life, something that you choose because of a drive within your self. Choose a challenge that makes you feel alive and engaged in the process. Choose something that required your full attention, both physical and mental focus.
For some of you it could be taking a class in something that interests you or just learning something new. A new language, learning to knit or just a new stitch or pattern, teaching a class or painting a room are just a few possibilities that come to mind. Of course learning to blog is a great new endeavor! Choose something that allows you t stretch a little more than the skills you already have. Go beyond what is comfortable and stretch into it. note the word slightly. If you are a couch potato, you should not expect your self to run a marathon this year. You can work up to it. One mile, then a 5K ect.
Set your goal and then a plan realistic time for it to be completed. If you just make it someday, then you never will do it. Will it be one month, a quarter of a year (3 months) or a year. Short goals are good because they provide faster gratification and give you momentum in your life.
Then of course Celebrate!!! Invite others to join you in some meaningful way! Have them celebrate with you. It might just me to say, “Come look at my new room.” Of course you can always post here and I will rejoice with you!
Then set a new goal for the next month and use the momentum to keep you going. Hooray for new challenges! I like to set a challenge for each month of the year to be completed in this month. It keeps me feeling alive and moving forward in my days.
What will be your next challenge to take on in your life?