There were more unchecked items than checked. And defeat began to creep into my mind. Why can’t you be more disciplined with your time? Why don’t you have more energy in the evenings? What is wrong with you? You got to do better.
I scanned over my month again. I may not have taken my vitamins everyday, or exercised three a week – but, I did take vitamins and exercised.
Often we measure our achievements as worthy if they are big and gruelling like running a marathon, writing that book, or securing a job promotion; the types of achievements and goals reached that are in the public eye. These wins can bring awards such as a new medal, a tangible item, or financial gain.
Then there are those days, weeks, or seasons that nothing gets achieved. We get done what needs to get done. Simply, daily life can be a challenge. Managing our family, our job, and our home takes up all our energy. There is no end point. No winning medal.
There is no reward for making it through another day. But we keep on keeping on! These inner battle achievements effect us long-term, and are more of an achievement than any single accomplishment.
Life is Complicated
Let’s remember that life is complicated.
We may feel we are not achieving leading to us thinking we have failed (as we are our harshest critic).
What if we looked at our success and failures as the same? We can learn from both experiences, and need not measure them as good or bad. They just are.
My one word for 2022 is Intentional. I had a plan. In my simple daily life I need to adjust. Now I am learning to look for the small victories among the unchecked items and the unachieved goals.
I am intentionally accepting my worth is not in achieving or failing. I am learning to celebrate the finishes and accept what didn’t go as planned. Both have their place in this experience of life.
What small victories can you celebrate today?