It is very telling when I log into my blog that I've always enjoyed writing and the last blog I actually posted was in 2018. On my list there are three posts that I started to write in 2019, but I never finished... never posted. Three posts with the same message of confusion. Three pleas for God's help. Three posts wondering why life has to be like this. Three posts wishing things were different.
What ever it is, I have finally realized something. That no matter how bad the circumstances are... you still need to take care of you. I haven't done that in a while. Not emotionally. Not physically. Not mentally. I've just been on autopilot going through the days making sure everyone else is taken care of. At night, praying and asking for help before falling asleep. Just to wake up and do it all again. Yes, there were some good days in there. Those times with family and friends would be an awesome break from the monotonous routine. It really wasn't a depression either. Just autopilot.
I am turning off autopilot this year. For 2020, my words this year is Intentional. Isn't that a great word? I've been trying to find a word that fit through out January and I kept coming up with phrases or two words. Finally, last week it came to me.... Intentional. I am taking care of me physically, emotionally, and mentally. I am being intentional with the food I'm eating. I've only lost 8 pounds so far but I'm eating so much healthier. I'm eating things I never thought I'd eat.
I'm being very intentional about the connection with family and friends. I need that so much. I believe that we all do. So, I'm looking at the monthly calendar and at least once a month, I'm scheduling time with friends or family. In January, we went to a couple game nights beginning of the month and had Mexican food with friends at the end of the month. Last night, was a game night with two great families. Laughter with others is such a blessing from God. Those moments don't just happen. Last year while I was on autopilot, they only happened every few months. If you break that down, that is only 4 or 5 times last year! They don't take much effort. It just takes being intentional, making the time, and scheduling it.
That is the example I want to set for my kids. I want them to see that no matter how busy life is, take time to connect and laugh with those people God puts in your life. There is enough hard stuff. There are plenty of tears in this life. There are plenty of circumstances to make you worry and pray about. But, there should also be laughter. There needs to be more walk with your dog. More veggies on your plate. Let's turn off the autopilot, look around at the people around us, and be intentional.