In January I decided to write 500 words a day. At some point I stopped and then I forgot that I made the decision to write 500 words a day. Okay I didn’t forget I just decided one day that I was not going to write 500 hundred words a day. As the year continued I found myself missing the writing and what I could discover about me and about my world if I wrote.
Some good friends are holding/going to an event called Launch Out in June and they have this quote on the website. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
It is a quote that I have seen before and have never really thought about. Today it hit me: what am I waiting for. My time is now and with that spirit I have decided to chose a word/phrase for the year. I know that June is around the corner but I have decided that you do not have to wait till January to make changes. For example in December Jon Acuff launched the Empty Shelf Challenge. The gist of the post and the challenge: January is an arbitrary month. You make changes when you want to make changes and it does not matter what month we are in.
So without any further ado here are my words: Change with Balance. I know that is three words but in reality it is one word. You can have change and throw yourself out of balance. Balance means that you do not throw everything out when you change. That is why I chose change with balance. I know that some things in my life need to change and I want them to but I do not want to loose the good things that I currently have in my life.
I realize that everything can not stay the same It is just that simple. I know it sounds complex but it really is not. Things must change. I need to change my eating habits so that I lose weight; I need to exercise so that I lose weight; I need to write so that I can finally figure out if my writing can provide me with income. I think that it can but will never know until it does. I have to find out these things.
One of my favorite Bible verses of all time talks about balance and how everything has a season. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
There was even a song written about the verse. called Turn Turn Turn and is my favorite version. I still can’t believe that I actually linked a Bruce Springsteen video that came from CMT. When you watch the video you will realize that it was because of Roger McGuinn was on stage with him playing guitar and singing.
All of these quotes and videos are meaningless unless I make the conscious decision to change. More on that coming up.