Sunday, January 15, 2012

One Word Goal

I have been thinking about all my goals and dreams for this new year.  And I have been trying to pick one word to summarize all of them.  Last year my one word goal was HEALTHY.  My whole life which in turn became our whole lives became healthy.

This year I wanted my one word goal to be BABY because it is an easy goal.  But I kept thinking about it and decided that BABY is something more a long the lines of a "to-do" list rather than a "to-be" list.  In many ways you can check off having a baby.  Go to doctors appointments--check.  Get baby stuff--check.  Baby showers--check.  Decorate a nursery, maternity clothes, go to the hospital.  Check, check, check.  So maybe BABY is not the best one word goal for 2012.

As I continued to keep debating my 2012 goal, I thought about the quote by Elder Lynn G. Robbins,
"Many of us create to do lists to remind us of the things we want to accomplish.  But people rarely have to be lists.  Why?  To do's are activities or events that can be checked off the list when done.  To be, however is never done.  You can't earn checkmarks with to be's."  
I need something deeper, something that will help me become more Christlike and something to develop my character... a "to be" rather than a "to do."

After much contemplation I think I have finally decided my 2012 one word goal to be CHERISH.  I really think working on this word has the power to change my nature and guide me to following Christ even more.

CHERISH is defined as (1) to hold or treat as dear; to feel love for, (2) to care for tenderly; nurture, and (3) to cling fondly or inveterately to.

I can CHERISH my time being pregnant and the time remaining with just the two of us.  I can CHERISH my relationship with my husband and help it keep growing even deeper.  I can CHERISH our baby and becoming a mommy.  I can CHERISH my time in the scriptures deepening my conviction.  I can CHERISH my students and all the excitement the new semester is bound to bring.  I can CHERISH my life and health.  I can CHERISH each day and each moment, even the struggles.  I am sure I can find countless other things to CHERISH day in and day out for the entire 2012 year.

So here is to CHERISHING all the 2012 has to offer! :)

1 comment:

Patrick, Adrienne, Isabella, & Makenzie said...

have you read or had the first george albert smith lesson? he has a list of 11 things he strived to be in his life. i thought it went right along with your goal of being, instead of doing. or to be instead of to do.. you catch my drift :p