So at the time that I wrote this, I had been married for less than 2 years and had just had my first baby a few weeks before. He was likely taking one of this famous 20 minute naps when I sat down to do this. I don't remember what prompted it -- whether I had been instructed to do so by a book I was reading, or just thought it would be a good thing to do.
Finding the list this month made me inwardly groan as I was sure I was going to see all the ways I had failed to live up to my goals. There are 6 elements listed on the page and I was sure they were going to say things like, "Love God above all else," "Be completely and utterly unselfish," "Pour self out for the good of others continually." And I would close the book in shame and failure.
But AHA! The very first bullet point says, ".... has lots of plants in the house." AND I DID THAT ONE! I have actually accomplished a goal from 15 years ago!
I am not sure why that particular goal is on the list -- I probably just wanted to be surrounded by more of nature, and while human relationships have always been daunting for me, maybe the idea of sustaining a non-human life was appealing and self-affirming. I'm pretty sure I didn't even know about the healthy, air-purifying benefits of houseplants back then!
|This one was from Jen Averill -- thanks, Jen!|
Some of them are the kind that make me groan.
But, I figure if I was successful with one of the goals in 15 years, then I just need another 75 years to master the other ones... right?
The takeaway here is: Always include at least a few simple, very achievable goals when you make
Your future self will thank you.