Now that we’re a little over half-way through October, I can see the holidays rushing towards me like a tsunami. Ten days until Halloween, thirty-six days until Thanksgiving, and then December is here with holiday parties, gifts to be created and given, and all sorts of holiday baking. Only seventy-one days until the end of the year and the beginning of 2021.
There’s a big part of me that wants to sweep everything off my desk and begin planning for 2021, rushing the rest of this year into the past. Out with that old awful yuck! In with plans and dreams and possibility!
As I look back on my path through 2020, I see only the imprints of my footprints, showing the missteps and the stumbles – that one point where mud sent me slipping backward in a full dive and now that smooth wave has dried, remaining forever like fossilized dinosaur footprints on the western plains. When I look ahead to 2021, I see the promise of a smooth, straight trail, leading up the mountain. Oh, I want to run up that trail and get to the peak of that mountain! I want to do it now!
So, here’s the deal. Even though the trail ahead looks smooth, I remember that the path behind me – that one with the fossilized butt-print and the obvious stumbles and the footprints that disappear from the trail for a while and then show back up – that path looked smooth and perfect at the beginning of 2020.
Now is not the time to run. Now is the time to look back and evaluate my progress. Because even with the trips and falls, I’ve continued to travel up the mountain.
Right now, can you look back on the last year and see your progress? Consider where you were at the beginning of 2020. Pull out those lists of dreams and goals and desires. See which ones held and which ones got left by the wayside.
And allow yourself to see how far you’ve come over the past year.
I think you’ll be surprised.