Every month I set a blog-related goal. This month, I had the fancy goal of getting back to my pre-move level of writing, publishing a new post every day Monday through Friday. I started the month off on the right foot, had done a solid week leading into the month, and started brainstorming topics I wanted to write about for twenty-three days.
Then, life happened!
E got sick about a week and a half ago. This sickness manifested itself in the usual gunk that accompanies a cold, a low-grade fever, and a new symptom – the refusal to sleep in her bed, or by herself at all.
E’s refusal to sleep on her own resulted in my being a walking zombie for most of the week, and is something from which I am still struggling to recuperate. All the good intentions of a “blog post a day” during the week went by the wayside.
Instead, I became focused on three goals:
- Taking care of Little Miss while she was struggling, and ensuring she was sleeping the cold away;
- Making sure M was getting enough attention, or the iPad was charged enough that he was kept occupied and not in E’s face;
- Ensuring I was getting some sort of rest, while holding E, so that I didn’t just lose my mind.
I am happy to report that I achieved all three goals. Well, I did kind of lose my mind a couple times, but I feel I handled myself pretty decently in a sleep-deprived state.
When E started feeling better, I realized I needed to get away from everything, and just go somewhere … alone.
So, I jumped at the chance to attend Adoration by myself, and was able to recharge my batteries – both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As I sat there, staring at Our Lord, I felt both peace and the stress of the week roll off my back. I was able to leave my weariness with Him, as I made my way home again. And, I was able to realign my priorities.
I don’t like to set goals in the middle of the day, the week, or the month. I like to set mini-goals every night, for the next day; I like to set goals that start on Mondays, or the first of the month.
Today will bring a new goal, this week will bring a different goal, and next month will bring another goal.
While I didn’t achieve my initial goal this month, I did focus on my priority – my family. And, while I don’t always achieve my personal goals I set each day, week, and month, I know that when my priorities are God and family, any other goal I set and achieve is just icing on my cake.