Clean Slate

Recently I read an article encouraging the reader to do what he or she DOESN’T like to do. Really? But the author had a point.

I have found that there are several projects I feel the need to complete before I move on to other things. These projects require time, energy and focus – so I keep putting them off. Meanwhile, I can feel the knot in my stomach growing. There is an underlying layer of discomfort and just a general sense of being ill at ease. I have probably wasted much more time worrying and subconsciously worrying about getting these things done. Had I buckled down, I might easily have been done with them by now!

So, what was the author’s advice? Suck it up. Just do it.

As the New Year approaches, I am making a concerted effort to begin it with a clean slate. I’m not usually very good at really sticking to New Year’s resolutions, but beginning the year with a clean slate is very appealing. I hope to have the above-mentioned projects completed by January 1st, and to be blessed then with more time and energy that will allow me to focus on new ones. I have almost completed two.

My wish for all readers is that you, too, begin the New Year without excess baggage. Cross the t’s, dot the i’s, and move on. Re-do the “to do” list. It is not possible to change what has already past in 2013, but we can begin 2014 with a clearer, more focused view on what we need to accomplish, and design a reasonable plan for getting us there.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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