The first thing in all progress is to leave something behind. – George MacDonald
“A broken heart.”
A broken heart is one thing a friend wants to leave behind in 2011.
While the New Year gives us the opportunity to see life as a clean slate, there are some things we don’t want appearing on that slate again. Different from making a resolution, identifying what we want to leave behind gives us the chance to consider something that is no longer serving a purpose; doesn’t bring value or is no longer working for us.
It is something that may be keeping us from finding the happiness, peace and love we deserve.
Identifying what we want to leave behind isn’t about ignoring a difficult circumstance; it’s about acknowledging our reality and then deciding to do something about it.
A list of one things
Recently I asked The BridgeMaker community on Facebook this question:
Share your heart! What one thing do you want to leave behind this year?
Here are some of their responses:
– Ashely, “Negativity.”
– Tammie, “Drama!!!”
– Kimberly, “Fear. I want to take more risks.”
– Beth, “All my insecurities.”
– Jennifer, “Very terrifying medical condition.”
– Donna, “Trying to fix everyone.”
– Lisa, “Settling for less.”
– Sue, “I think it is past failures that haunt us…MOVE FORWARD….BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!”
The one thing I will leave behind
I will leave excuses behind. No more excuses about why I can’t find the time to write my book, eat healthier or ask for what I want.
Lately I’ve felt impatience, bitterness and faithlessness creep back into my life. I have leaned on the excuse that I’m weary from the emotions experienced after my brother’s death, but that’s not who I am; that’s not who God has made me to be.
Some may think it’s a cliché to believe we are made with a divine purpose in mind, but I believe that to be true; and I believe all that I am is who God says I am. So, as a new year begins I will get back to believing, again, in who I am – no excuses needed. Kindness, love and faith will be painted on my clean slate this year.
I will leave excuses behind in 2011 and reconnect with the beautiful truth about me in the New Year.
My hope is you will do the same.
Share your heart?
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