We have a final author post on simple acts of moving forward in 2013. Here’s good wisdom from Catherine Wiecher Brunell, author of Becoming Catholic, Again:
This is a difficult thing for me to keep simple. I reflect on it and quickly have a list in my head: workout, meditate, organize my house, plan more things to do with my family, do my laundry, buy healthy food, find something that I love and work on that, be grateful, get more sleep, volunteer…The list, however, actually moves me backward.
Moving forward this year looks much different because now, my moving forward is celebrating where I am. Practically speaking, I’ve penciled in a date with myself once a month for this celebration. A few hours in a coffee shop and a thoughtful look at my calendar provide me with a wide-angle view of what is important to me, what I can do, and where I need support. The rest of the “shoulds” go away. Instead of finding the things that I could add, I reinforce my energy around where I already am. In other times, this felt like settling. Now, it feels like the burrowing that every hearty animal does.
Moving forward this year means trusting that I will naturally go that way without thrusting toward it. I have much to celebrate—we all do. I am moving forward because I am trusting that I am already enough. Knowing that is what puts me into God’s abundant flow toward what is ahead.
The many comments from our DDF community have been so wise and encouraging. Please keep it up!