Reset. It seems that life is filled with reset opportunities.
A reset is great if the game you're playing is beating you. Or, if your wifi is wonky. Or, if you're one of THOSE people who constantly hits the snooze button.
A reset ISN'T so great when you are in the middle of a project you've worked on for hours, and your computer freezes. And, of course, you forgot to save your work because you were so in the zone. In a minute...in a minute. OH NO!
Yet, I am thankful for the different RESETs we've been given naturally.
Daylight Savings Time (which I love)
Standard Time (which I don't)
Winter to Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter
Day to Day. Week to Week. Month to Month. Quarter to Quarter. Year to Year.
Then there are those other "natural" resets, that don't feel so natural. They certainly aren't joyful.
Deployment. Separation. Divorce. Death.
Yet each one of these requires a reset as well.
As I'm writing this, lyrics from a song by Joni Mitchell runs through my head. "It's comin' on Christmas. They're cuttin' down trees. They're puttin' up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace. Oh! I wish I had a river. I could skate away on."
This time of year is filled with introspection for me. I look back over all that has gone right and wrong during the past 11 months. I wonder what I could do better, different, not at all. I think about the projects I've moved to the next year, and I celebrate the wins of this one. I catalog the friends I've made, the ways I've grown emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I wonder about tomorrow. I hope. I plan. And yes, I fret a little.
Wherever you are in the seasons of life, I can guarantee you this - a ReSet is coming.
The real trick is to have a heart that is prepared for the change that will come. So, today, I'd like offer you a few of my 'ReInvention Ninja" tricks strategies. Hopefully, they will serve you in this natural season, and in some of the naturally unnatural ones to come.
A ReSet is Natural and Needful
"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22 NIV
I am not a huge fan of winter freezes, ice and snow. But, I grew up with the understanding that it was necessary to kill off all of the bad bugs that would invade our yard.
A reset kills off the 'bad bugs' you've allowed to live in your space. All of those bad attitudes, thought patterns, relationships, habits, reasons and excuses are exposed for inspection. This is your chance to pull the weeds, cultivate the flowers, put some weed killer and bug killer in place. It's a season for life to be nurtured and to step away from those things that are killing us slowly. It's a time to prepare the soil of your heart and mind for the new growth, new adventures and strengthening what is going right in your world.
A reset gives you a reason to start over. Shake out the blankets, open the windows, and get fresh air into your space.
A reset gives two things...an end and a beginning. If we don't have both, we can't appreciate the rhythm of life. Whenever possible, embrace the beauty of and the consistency of change. And because we know that winter is coming, make a few preparations.
Prepare for ReSet
"Ants--they aren't strong, but they store up food all summer." Proverbs 30:25 NLT
This may seem a little like "WHATEVER! HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?" but after living an ever-shifting life over the last few years, I've learned that the preparation is in the ATTITUDE. Endeavor to live a life that makes plans loosely. We only have a limited bit of control, even when we like to think we are in control of everything.
The ant works in the season of work, anticipating in it's little ant brain that the time will come when it can't work. Without question, most of us know when we will want some down time. Plan around it. If you want consistency in life and business, you must create it.
My husband worked construction for a lot of the early years of our marriage. In the Panhandle of Texas, it was feast or famine. When the weather was good, he worked all the time. When it wasn't, we just about starved. And, guess what, Christmas comes at the same time every year - in the winter, in the ice and snow, and during a time of not much work availability. You would think that I would have learned to prepare for the lean times, but it always felt like I was playing catch up. We got better at it, but it was hard.
As a work from home woman, you have times that are lean and times that are abundant. You have days that you feel like you can rule the world, and days it feels like the world is using you for it's favorite toy to kick around.
Creating a definite strategy to organize your schedule helps to take some control over what is out of our ultimate control.
Be like the ant.
- Work when you have the opportunity.
- Lay up a portion of the harvest for the 'winter season.'
- Anticipate the change in the seasons. Don't act like you didn't know it would happen.
When You Didn't See It Coming
Blindsided. Have you ever been there? When all of your plans came crashing down in a blubbery mess at the side of the chair asking, "Why, God?"
Yeah. I've been there more than once. I have a chair that has plenty of tear stains hidden in the woven tapestry.
Death. Divorce. Sickness. Separation from loved ones. Financial devastation. Do any of these sound like your story?
Life has a way of interjecting itself into the middle of our plan, doesn't it? I mean, when Richard came home with a broken arm and a cancer diagnosis, I was waiting for him to get home so that I could leave for a 3 day seminar.
When he was doing a bit better and I tried to relaunch my sales business, and he came down with kidney failure, RESET.
When we had finally made it home after nearly a year of living in hotels and were enjoying our Christmas celebration with friends, and he developed septic shock and had to be life-flighted to Dallas...RESET.
When we left our home of 20+ years and moved to a small one bedroom apartment, didn't know anyone, and had to figure out what to do now that we were starting all over again after 36 years of marriage...RESET.
So, maybe I'm a little dramatic. But, what I want you to know is that I get it. And authentically speaking, there have been a lot of days just this year that I've hit the reset button more than once. Like I said, RESET is an attitude before the action.
Push the Button
And then God answered, "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness to what's coming. It aches for the coming-it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time. Habakkuk 2:2-3 MSG
You may feel a reset coming. It's time to prepare. Be brave enough to look inside for the reasons your heart and mind feel scattered and out of focus.
A reset isn't failure. It's a chance to start over.
This is your time of metamorphosis. This is when you are changing from who you are, to who you are meant to become. Push the reset button. Here are a couple of tips to help you get ready for the move into your next season.
- Plan some time alone - an hour, a day, a few days.
- Create a Celebrate List of all the things that went right for you this past season.
- Create a Reconsider List of all the things that didn't go quite like you had hoped. Did they tank or just not quite meet your expectations?
- Create a Development List of the things you would like to do or create in the next season.
- Create a Carry Forward List of the projects, activities, etc. you want or must continue in the next season.
- Create a Wish List for the things you would like to see happen for you in the next 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.
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Spend some quality time thinking, praying and preparing your vision for the next season of your life. Wherever you are in your seasons of life, something wonderful is coming your way.
Live Inspired! Live At Your Best!
And here's that Joni Mitchell song I mentioned.