Saturday, May 3, 2014

What's next?

This is the question on my mind these days. The friends that I mentioned a couple of posts ago are now married. Another good friend who spent years on her PhD now has it. The personal training sessions I started in January are now over and the 5k race I spent months training for is now complete. After you wait, anticipate, work toward a goal and then finally meet it, what’s next?

If I’m completely honest, I usually feel a little down after I meet a goal. Sure, my initial feelings are elation and accomplishment. I relish in it for a couple of days. But then, not too long after, I feel a bit deflated. I wrestle with “what’s next?” It’s not that I’m a discontent person. I’m generally satisfied with my life and thankful for my blessings. I think I just miss the process of getting there.

When you work toward a goal it fills space in your life. Whether it’s getting a degree, taking on a fitness challenge, or planning for a significant event, it requires discipline, energy, and focus. It enlivens you in a way, because it allows you to escape from the monotony of your usual routine. Regardless of what else is going on, you have something that inspires you and gives you something to look forward to. Dreams and goals give you hope and that rare commodity is something our souls crave.

So, what’s next for me? Well, I’m pretty sure I’ll keep challenging myself in exercise and fitness. I’d like to develop musically now that I’m singing more regularly. I have some spiritual goals on my radar as well. But really, all of these are secondary to the process of learning about myself, forming new relationships, and growing in ways I never realized I could. Goals themselves are secondary to the hope they put your my heart. It’s the possibility of what could be that feeds you from the inside out and gives you a mental picture to strive for. And when you’re continually “nourished by the spirit of the future,” as Kim Clement says, you’re ever empowered to keep moving, progressing, and becoming the person you were meant to be.

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