Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Word: FIRST QUARTER ROUND-UP -- Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life;
    a plain and simple life is a full life.
~ Proverbs 13:7, MSG ~

It may be hard to believe, but we're quickly approaching the end of the first Quarter of 2014.

While we haven't touched on this topic in nearly 2 months, hopefully, you have continued to revisit the One Word you have chosen as your core focus for the year.  

On the chance that you haven't been following this theme since the beginning of the year, feel free to check our original One Word post from January, and find the related posts by looking down the "Labels" section in the right hand column of this blog.

If you have taken a stab at this different approach to your New Year's Resolution, you have been adding up  enough weeks to perhaps already be incorporating some new habits.

How is it going?

Did you start out strong only to find yourself forgetting about it over time?  What have you done to make your One Word a habit?  Are you seeing any difference yet this year?

If your answers are less-than-favorable, take heart!  It's not too late to make adjustments that get you back on track.  That is one of the beauties of choosing just One Word rather than making complex resolutions.

Allow me to share with you one painfully obvious universal truth that I have learned regarding this approach.

You may recall the my One Word for 2014 is "ORDER".  This word might engender thoughts of a neatly organized office, papers all filed, tidy totes and decorative systems making a work space fit for a magazine photo shoot.  However, my office currently looks nothing like that.  (Of course, it IS still early in the year.)  This word might also provoke thoughts of having perfect systems in place for handling all things critical to your child with special needs including schoolwork, clothing, medications, and travel equipment.  My household looks nothing like that either.

What my One Word has led me to is SIMPLICITY.  This is necessarily true for any single word choice because the focus itself is a simple one.  One of the beauties of this approach is that it helps us to create positive change in our lives in manageable, bite-sized pieces.  

What this looks like in my life is something as simple as a white board schedule on our refrigerator.  In the chaos of life with 3 kids who have chronic illnesses and/or special needs, we are able to create some order in our family simply by keeping the week's schedule available and up-to-date for all to see.  In the first Quarter of 2014, I have developed the habit of sitting down with our white board every Sunday afternoon and getting the week's schedule filled in.  Simple, I know.  Yet, this little thing has made our family take a huge step towards order over total chaos this year.

What small tools are you using to achieve your goals?

Have YOU discovered the blessing of taking simple steps in this first Quarter of the year?  If you haven't, it's not to late to start.

PRAY:  Lord, our children make our lives a bit more complicated than average.  Yet, we often do a pretty good job of making our lives more complicated all on our own.  We forget the simple.  We never consider that little things add up to big things in reaching our goals.  Holy Spirit, grant us wisdom, fix our focus, and remind us that we are closest to what You intend for us when we keep it simple.

To learn more visit http://oneword365.com/  

~ Barb Dittrich

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