Pleased New 12 months! Now we have closed the ebook on 2020, and as we transfer into the brand new yr, hindsight will actually be 2020. I feel many people are grateful for a recent begin. Right here is hoping the brand new yr brings us extra blessings than cancellations.
Trying again on 2020, it was a yr that started with such promise. The financial system was rolling alongside, after which all of our lives have been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Then, for good measure, throw in social protests, the presidential election and continued climate extremes, and now we have a yr that may be encapsulated in a single phrase — unprecedented.
Whereas the phrase “unprecedented” takes the phrase of the yr honors, I feel there are various extra phrases and phrases that may ceaselessly be tied to 2020.
A few of these embody: quarantine, flatten the curve, resilience, face masks, gaiters, Wuhan, Black Lives Matter, digital, Karen, shaming, important staff, social distancing, pivot, we’re all on this collectively, keep at house, telework, new regular, cancel tradition, homicide hornets and final, however certainly not least, Zoom!
We are able to’t management the phrase or phrases which shall be used to explain a yr looking back. However is there benefit in being intentional in regards to the phrases we individually concentrate on as we begin a brand new yr?
Just a few years in the past, I adopted the recommendation of a good friend (who now occurs to be my spouse) to focus on one phrase for the yr as an alternative of creating an extended laundry checklist of New 12 months’s resolutions. Easy sufficient, proper? Only one phrase.
So, when you can solely select one phrase on which to concentrate on in 2021, what is going to it’s? A number of the phrases which I’ve chosen over the previous few years included arrange, transition, endurance and declutter. I’m nonetheless a piece in progress on every of those phrases. However I’ve made nice strides in organizing my private and farm stuff and am being extra affected person in all facets of life.
So, what’s my phrase for 2021? Plenty of phrases bubbled up as I did my self-reflection. Even tougher but is selecting a phrase that may stand agency even within the midst of a lingering pandemic. After a lot thought, I settled on the phrase intentional.
Being intentional about getting my property plan up to date. Being considered with life/work stability. Specializing in religious development. Being aware of time squandered by social media. Understanding when to depart the Zoom assembly room. Making time for the essential conversations that have to occur.
Being intentional in figuring out what battles to struggle and which to stroll away. Making room for and relishing within the divine appointments of life. Understanding that saying sure to one thing means saying no to a different.
So, when you choose one phrase on your farm enterprise in 2021, what is going to it’s? What phrase will assist drive your focus, vitality and work into a really unsure new yr? I encourage you to ask this query to your self, relations, staff and neighbors.
While you select your phrase or phrases, be sure to put up them on the bulletin board within the milk home, within the farm store or in your farm workplace as reminder of the place to maintain your focus.
Closing ideas — I do know there’s a lot we are going to take away from 2020. It’s my hope that we’re capable of concentrate on the constructive diversifications now we have made in each our private and enterprise lives as we transfer right into a “totally different” regular. Bear in mind to concentrate on the blessings, not the cancellations.
As we start the yr of 2021, I want to supply the next quote from John C. Maxwell: “Private development doesn’t simply occur by itself. Private development requires intentionality; it requires a plan, and it takes work.”
Seize your phrase, and have and secure new yr!
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