As a teenager I had an awesome habit of praying and reading my scriptures every morning. It was a great opportunity to reflect on where my life was and where I wanted it to be. Over time I gained new responsibilities and lost this habit.
Over the years I've tried to pick it up again only to have my determination fizzle out. We all know it's hard work being an adult - a lot of responsibilities that take up our time. But, there are more aspects to our well being than just emotional and physical. In fact there are seven of them: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical.
I believe that it is our responsibility (yep, add another one to the list!) to become the best us while living this life. And, truth be told, I'm lacking in the spiritual department. Sure, I go to church each Sunday, but the majority of my time is spent with teaching the toddlers. While our 15 minute lesson (if we're lucky!!) is an important reminder for anyone, I feel like I'm spending most of the time desperately trying to get their attention.
I, obviously, need to take my spiritual wellness into my own hands. That's why I was excited to join this month's Best Foot challenge from Amanda of RunToTheFinish. If there is anything I've learned over the last 3 decades it's that baby steps are the way to go. I think I can handle 5 minutes each morning. It just means not immediately checking my email, facebook, instagram, and the likes.
I also like Amanda's concept of a Daily Gratitude Journal. Writing in my journal somewhat frequently was another habit from my youth that I wish I still had. In fact, I've lamented this fact on this blog more than once...
Anyway, I'd like to work on that as part of this challenge also. I have SO MUCH for which to be grateful. I need to express it more often- if only to look back on when I might be feeling less than blessed.
If you have a daily habit of meditation/scripture study already, let me be the first to say "Way to go!!", but if not, consider joining us this month.
Gratitude Journal Jan 2: I am grateful for my husband's employment. There are many people struggling with financial and employment issues right now and I feel so blessed that he is thriving there.