So, thirty. THIRTY.
Where did the time go? I swear, I just graduated from high school just a few years ago. This past decade was a blink-and-you-miss-it experience. Lots of goals I had hoped to accomplish by now were never met; I'm certainly not where I thought I would be at thirty. It makes you a bit sad, looking back at your hopes and dreams at twenty, and realizing you're not there. Some of that was youthful exuberance, where I thought I could do it all. Other goals were never meant to be. But for some, I got off track. I lost sight of what was important to me, or I got so busy with other things that days, weeks, months, and years slipped by with little thought to the dreams I had.
So this milestone wasn't completely maudlin, I decided to set three goals for the three decades I've lived so far. I hope forty won't be quite so much of a shock as thirty. (I'm not ready, guys! I'm really not.)
- My body is a temple. "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). Does this mean I've giving up red wine and chocolate? No, of course not. (Seriously, from my cold, dead hands.....) But I need to be more mindful of the gift I have, and start treating my body and my health for the precious gift it is.
- All you need is love. "Merit does not consist in doing or giving much. It consists in loving much." - St. Therese of Lisieux. My best friend has a heart full of love. She is the sweetest person I know; everyone I know loves her dearly - and it is because of her sweet and loving temperament. Most would not describe me as sweet! If she is a Hershey's Kiss, I'm more like Cinnamon Imperial Red Hots. I need to work on that. I'd consider it a win even if I only made it to Sweet-Tart level.
- Be intentional. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7). Being intentional means that I understand how my feelings, thoughts, and actions impact my everyday life. It means taking responsibility for my mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It means appreciating what surrounds me each day - from the bluest sky to the taste of a perfectly ripe tomato. I want to be more "in the moment" each day, so that I can better appreciate what I have and mindfully contribute my talents.