2019 Intentions and Goals


I took this picture very early this morning as I walked along the Greenbelt in the small town that I call home. As you may be able to tell, January mornings are crisp and cool here, and, we’ve recently received a lot of rain. Normally, any precipitation that falls during this month is in the form of ice and snow, so I am thankful that the weather has been moderate enough to enjoy being outside.

As I was walking along the path, looking at the bare, exposed branches and listening to the sound of the water rushing by, I began to think about what I want to accomplish. We’re already six days into 2019 — have you come up with a list of goals and resolutions for the year, and decided on an “intent” word to help you stay focused?

I haven’t.

2018 was filled with so many challenges, obstacles and unfinished business that I have been dreading to take the time to reflect upon it and decide what I want to do, but somehow strolling along the riverbank this morning made it easier to consider the past year, and where I would like to go from here.

2018 was one of the most difficult years that I’ve survived, especially when it comes to my health. One thing that I have learned over the years is that when we are unwell, it affects every other area of our life, usually in a negative way, and that is the short version of what happened to me in 2018. I got very ill, and the fallout affected every single aspect of my life.

What do I want most out of life this year? I want to be healthy.

This year, I am resolved to focus on healing: physically, mentally and spiritually. Just as severe illness impacts every aspect of one’s life, the process of healing and becoming well, becoming whole, does as well.

That’s why I now choose “Heal” as my intent word for 2019. My resolution, or goal, is to become healthy, and whole.


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