Last week was a long, hard, no good very bad week. I'm glad it's over. But today is a new day and even though the new week begins on Sunday, I always feel like the week really starts on Monday. So, I am going to look forward to a new week and hope it is better than the last one.
My grandma used to be somebody pretty famous in our church. She was known by millions in our church around the world and was also known by a large number of people in the US who were/are not members of our faith. She was the General Relief Society President of our Church for the first 10 years of my life (the Relief Society is the women's organization in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, incidentally, it is the largest organization for women in the world). She gave lots of speeches. In one of those speeches she said this, "Goals are stars to steer by, not sticks to beat yourself with." Somehow I always forget that last part. I remember that my goals are important for guiding me to do better and be better, but I forget not to start beating myself up when I don't accomplish my goals.
At this point in the year I have always made goals and I usually have done OK with some and completely forgotten others. This is also always the time of year when I get mad at myself because I have not accomplished my goals. It's hard not to. Last night Dr. D had the kiddos get out their goal list & we also pulled out our family goal list, then he did something amazing. He had us go through the goals one by one and evaluate them. We talked about how it was going. We had made some progress on some of our goals, and we weren't doing very well on some of the others. The ones that weren't going very well we talked about and decided to do better. It was like making the goal over again. I think I need to do the same thing with my personal goals because I'm black and blue from beating myself up over what I haven't done. I guess this is my reminder that what my grandma said needs to be true, "Goals are stars to steer by, not stick to beat yourself with."