Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?
I love the New Year. Those big blank pages of my desk calendar are wide open with opportunities yet unknown. As I have grown older, though, I have focused less and less on an itemized list of good intentions and more and more on goals and plans.
This morning, though, as I waited for the sun to rise over the ocean, it dawned on me that 2014 is pretty much a mystery. Five years ago, when I embarked on what I hoped would be a career change and a return to Philadelphia, I envisioned I would be moving from Cape May to PA about this time. Even just last year, I had set my sights on living in Pennsylvania full time by January 1, 2014.
Still, I have reaped the benefits of many a five-year plan. From my college degree to my professional designation to my business plan, I have outlined my goals and dreams and have made amazing progress. For me, those five-year plans were never a rigid set of tasks to accomplish or hurdles to overcome. Rather, they have been a lattice upon which my life has grown.
I must admit, though: the next five years have me stymied. Coming up with a new five-year plan wasn’t part of the old five-year plan…at least not where the old plan ended up. In some ways, 2013 closed with a cliff-hanger.
But I’m not scared. Like those blank calendar pages, the rest of my life is just waiting to be lived, loved, and written. I can’t wait to see what develops.
What about you?