Since it’s November already, I guess it is not too soon to give you a run down of my year so far. Every year I have a personal theme and 2020 was themed ‘My year of laughter’. The irony. The first month did not end before I cried tears I never cried before. Then came the pandemic as the whole world stood still, then the protests and the killings, coupled with my personal rollercoaster. Needless to say, the beginning of this year was devoid of laughter.
Somewhere along the line I found my footing. The lockdown for one was a blessing viewing it in retrospect. I did not go to physical church for 5 months. I am a church girl and this has never happened. It was refreshing compared to the usual running up and down from one activity to the other. It helped me search my heart to know if I was chasing the right things in the name of ‘church’.
I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to stay at home and make breakfast. You don’t know the joy waking up and making pancakes bring. I had not had breakfast at home for the longest time. I needed it. I enjoyed it.
This period strengthened my relationships. It was from one video call to the other (a back-to-back something). I caught up with all the things life made me miss. I met new people, I hung out – virtually of course, into the night and through out the day without any worry of places to dash out to the next day.
Somewhere along the line, I laughed again. Harder this time, with every bone in my body.
One of the major lessons I got this year is it is never too late to make or achieve your goals. I smashed my goals this year even though I lost track along the way. Whenever you realize you have derailed, pick up the pieces and keep pressing on.
I mean, I started a one year bible plan in August. August! Yet I’m now consistent and loving every moment. Speaking of bible reading, another thing I learnt was different seasons require different strategies. The strategy you used in the past may just not work in this your new season. Learn from the past but do not copy and paste.
Usually I would maximise my mornings to study my bible with a journal where I would write and write. I did not consider it bible study if I did not have my journal, pen and bible. Fast forward to this phase of my life whereby I don’t have my mornings to myself. I tried to still work with this strategy but it didn’t work out. Little by little I made excuses for not studying until it was barely happening.
Now I have my Youversion bible app, whereby I signed up for a plan. I can take notes on the app and I can listen to audio bible. (I also didn’t appreciate audio bible before this season but please press play and thank me later).
Are you confused about an issue? Ask questions. So far, I have learnt to ask and ask. What’s the worse that would happen? They’ll say no? Ignore you? Then you ask someone else. Your solution is out there, you just need to find it. Please ask google, ask human beings – your seniors, your juniors, ask your co-workers, your friends, your enemies. Ask them, filter their responses and run with only what you need.
Stay away from drama. I have always disliked drama but this year I was reminded. Your mental health is paramount. Stay as much a you possibly can away from entanglements. Say your truth, live by your truth and move on.
Learn to love and appreciate the people in your life. Let me use this opportunity to thank all the people in my life. I don’t appreciate you enough. I look around and I can see how much God loves me surrounding me with grounded people. Surround yourself with people who know you, love you and are willing to understand your journey.
Many things happened to distract us but it is never too late to get your focus. We have a month and a half to go, I dare you to make it count.
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