My last post was the classic year-end and preparing to start a new year post. I shared that my word for 2021 was “time.”
After careful reflection, I recalled that I learned how to manage my time somewhat better in 2020. I was able to see that I could get some things done when I managed my time well. Yet, I have not arrived. Sometimes I set out to do things and struggle to follow through. I get frustrated with myself when this happens. I decided that instead of “time,” my word for 2021 is T.H.R.I.V.E. This word is an acronym. This year, I want to THRIVE and hope that I help you to thrive in the process.
THRIVE stands for:
- Take time for me
- Help others
- Remember why I’m here
- Imagine the possibilities for my life
- Validate myself
- Expand in the face of adversity
- Take time for myself. We always hear about self-care and the importance of practicing self-care. But some of what we consider is self-care is actually not. According to an article on Refinery29, self-care is: “understanding what you need to feel well, and committing to fitting that into your life, free of guilt.” I like to emphasize the “need to feel well.” I know that to feel well, I need to spend time with the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I even decided on a verse for the year to remind me of this: “I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) As I reflected on this verse, I heard God tell me that I can do nothing without Him. Sure, I can do a lot, but that leads to me being tired and exhausted. My self-care starts with spending time in prayer and reading of scripture. I also must find time to exercise, take care of my skin, drink water, and have a day in which I only do the minimum.
- Help others. I have been gifted with a lot of talents and gifts that can help improve others’ lives. I work in the helping profession and engage in community service, even in the midst of COVID-19. I have coworkers, friends, and family members who often need me. I must do what I can to ease the burden of others. I can’t ease everyone’s burdens, but I won’t let that keep me from doing what I can do to ease the burdens of those who I can.
- Remember why I’m here. I have been guilty of being a people pleaser. That is not what’s it. Jesus summarized a Christian’s mission with two responsibilities: Love God with all my heart, mind and soul and love my neighbor as I love myself. When I am operating from this perspective, God is pleased. There are some causes that I am very passionate about, but those things are not my purpose.
- Imagine the possibilities for my life. There are some goals and visions that I have had for years. 2020 showed me that I can not only set goals but actually accomplish them to! I must not allow what is going on to limit the possibilities for my life. I have goals that I would like to accomplish this year. I believe that God has more for me. This song reminds me of that:
- Validate myself. I have always been leery of compliments from others, but I still want them at the same time. The issue with receiving compliments from people is that they only know one part of who I am. They don’t know me completely. This year, I want to learn to affirm myself. I plan to do this by meditating on scriptures and affirmations to remind me of where my attention needs to be.
- Expand in the face of adversity. Adversity means difficulty, hardship, or mishap. 2020 has shown us that we will encounter difficulties, hardships, and mishaps for sure. Yet, when those situations arise, we can decide how we will respond to them. We can decide to succumb to defeat, or we can choose to expand. I believe that God wants me to expand when there’s adversity.
In the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
In closing, I hope that the posts that I make this year help you to THRIVE! I also hope that you think of a word (or phrase) that is both significant and inspiring to you as you go through this year.
If you feel led to do so, please share your word or phrase in the comments.
Please note: I want to THRIVE and hope to help you to thrive first appeared at: https://itstashascorner.com/2021/01/07/i-want-to-thrive-and-hope-to-help-you-to-thrive-too/(opens in a new tab) on January 7, 2021.