A version of this post first appeared on Janet Sketchley's blog, Tenacity, in December 2019.
Why do you do what you do? Complacency, contentment, or conviction?
An onlooker might not be able to tell the difference. Sometimes even we can’t tell the difference.
It’s what I’ve always done. That’s complacency.
I believe this is right, and it has been confirmed over and over again. That’s conviction.
But what about contentment?
It may look like complacency, but then again, it just may be conviction.
Contentment is my word for 2020.
As you may know, I am eclectically interested and eclectically involved. Too often I’m distracted by the Oo, Shiny! Books, online courses, careers …
Do you think it’s time to stop buying books (or at least slow down) when you have over 1,000 physical and ebooks you haven’t yet read?
Most of mine are accessible on my phone. <sigh>
And what about courses and lifetime access to online conference sessions, some of which were inexpensive, others … not so much?
I’ll buy this healthy living annual subscription and access to this library of workouts, and I’ll be healthier by the end of the year … if I access them and put what I learn into practice that is. (We won’t mention the fact that I was a personal trainer and know what I need to do to get healthier.)
Of course I’ll maintain my doula certification while writing, editing, working as our church admin, and helping my hubby clean the church each week. Sleep? Who needs it? (That would be me.)
To be honest, my whole life might be a case of FOMO, fear of missing out.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
In 2020, I will seek, with God's help, to live by my conviction that I have been called to contentment.
As it says in 1 Timothy 6:6, "But godliness with contentment is great gain."
I will read 24-36 of the books I already have.
I will complete at least 12 of those online courses I’ve purchased and put into practice those things I learn from my paid subscriptions.
I will devote myself to writing—and publishing—the books I’ve begun.
I will maintain my doula certification because this is something I’m passionate about, but I will pace myself and not leave the requirements of my recertification to the last month or so.
I will stop becoming distracted by the Oo, Shiny! and look for the sparkle in the opportunities and possessions I already have. I will look for the fun. As an Enneagram 7, fun is important to me. (I don't define fun as frivolity but as those things that get my mojo flowing.)
Plus, I will regularly give thanks for my life as it is in the Here and Now.
How can you grow more content in the year ahead? I'd love to hear your suggestions.
Do you have a word of the year? If so, what is it and why did you choose it?
All the very best in 2020!