Welcome 2022, The Year of Contentment

Breathe in. Breathe out. 2021 is over and we welcome 2022.

Forrest Gump and Long Legs Lenora, from Forrest Gump

A new year reminds us that we always have a chance to star over and do better, and my life motto is to be better. I am on a long journey and I get refueled very easily every 1st of January.

In my previous post, I shared my 2022 goal. I want to create the habit of planning and gratefulness. I will keep it simple and just jot down in my planner three things to do the next day, and something I am grateful for.

During the year, planning and gratefulness came up repeatedly. I desired to feel more productive and have more to show for my time, but being honest, I wouldn’t prepare for it. I would be disappointed on top of going through struggles and failures and having so much in my hands to help me get through it. Experience has shown me that things won’t spontaneously happen and life will continue to be hard. I need a proven way to be able to navigate the days without feeling so empty handed. Taking a moment to look behind me and another one to look ahead will ground me in a place of fruitfulness and peace. I need to give myself a chance to pause and be filled and driven, in order to get to where I want to be.

You see, I get squirmy because I know that I can be/do/have more. I know that I can be more amazing and have more amazing things. I am not setting myself up for those moments of greatness. I am settling for survival and ironically just digging myself deeper into a hole of mediocrity, whether real or perceived.

I’ve failed enough to know that simple and to the point does it. I don’t aim to create the next social media channel or solve world hunger. I am not after riches or fame, or a mansion in Hawaii. I am not looking to lift my fist up to God and say “give me what I deserve!” I also don’t want to work my fingers to the bone and not enjoy what has already been given to me. I just want to know that I have given my all while being content with where I am. Only then will this life be enough.

So yesterday I picked up my planner, I wrote down a few things to do today (mainly chores) and one thing I am grateful for. Within the next hours, I will do it again. I hope to continue indefinitely and expect to have a close-to the-heart report to share with you mid-year and by the end of 2022.

I want to thank you for reading through this and encourage you in your journey of being better. If you are here, it means that you are working on it, which is advancement already.

Do you have any hopes and goals for 2022? Please share! We can be accountable to each other.

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