Broken Baby Steps

Broken Baby Steps

I tried.

Really I did.

I even downloaded a “Habit Tracker” for my phone so I could track my baby steps.

15 Minutes a Day on my writing.

Great goal (in theory).

In practice…

I was close ūüôā

3 days out of 7

Not perfect…but progress!

“Strive for progress not perfection” – Unknown

Meet Grace

During my¬†progress I discovered a very important friend to have along on¬†this journey: Grace. She’s awesome to have on your team! While¬†trying to un-invite Irrational and Doubt, Grace showed up just when I needed her most.

Let me share a secret with you.

I’m a bit of a single-minded control freak at times.

Don’t tell anybody!

When I write something down on my “to-do” list, I will move heaven and earth to check it off. Even to the detriment of my own well being. I have made a decision to do something and by God I will do it!

That determination is good in some ways, but can be detrimental in other ways.

That’s when Grace is necessary.

During this past week, Life happened and my daily goal of 15 minute baby steps had to be halted temporarily. I physically and mentally had to take a break. My cousin tells me all the time that I have such a strong mind but my body doesn’t always get the memo. And he was so right this past week.

Grace let’s me know that its alright to pause and be good to myself. I’m not a failure when I need to take a break, press pause, and resume the next day.

Let me give you a few examples of gracious moments I had to offer myself:

  1. It was very important for me to realize that I would not produce a chapter in one week (ambitious, I know!). Whatever progress I made was more than I had before. And the progress I made was more than enough.
  2. Though I had a goal to post on the blog every Monday, this week, I am posting on Thursday. And that’s alright.

Let me say it again (so it can sink in): I am not a failure when I need to take a break and rest.

Maybe that should be my mantra for this week.

It’s OK to rest.

I recently read that it is easy to give Grace to others, but its not so easy to give Grace to ourselves.

You know what? I think that’s going to be my baby step this week. I originally said that my next step would be drafting Chapter 2. I may meet that goal. But the more important step for me to take this week is inviting Grace to take a seat beside me. Have her stay a while. Be gracious to myself and to others.

Will you join me?

How will you invite Grace into your life this week? Is there an area in your life that you have been striving and stressing over? Could you benefit from being Gracious to yourself this week and allowing yourself to rest?