First let me apologize. The Counseling Corner I originally wrote was in my drafts folder (or so I thought :)) and when I went to send it, it was not there yesterday. Ideally the Counseling Corner would have been sent on Monday January 4th (as I've sent them on Mondays during NTI). The Counseling Corner was not sent yesterday as I would have hoped, but because I have decided to not sweat the small stuff, I am now going to send an updated, much shorter and simpler Counseling Corner, and ask for your understanding. After 2020 I have come to realize lots of what I worried about in the past, really is just small stuff. That is one of the lessons I hope to take with me into 2021; don't sweat the small stuff!
I'll share one of my favorite verses, Philippines 4:6-7.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So as we embark on 2021 my hope is that we are all able to have less worry, more reasons to smile and eyes to see the best in each day. Let's MAKE this a great year. “Joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” That quote comes from a Benedictine Monk and interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast and one of my favorite reminders. As I so often say, I really believe that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond!
I have challenged myself and will invite you to challenge yourself to do one thing for yourself weekly to help you grow and take better care of you and your family on this next year’s journey around the sun. Of course, feel free to make more than one thing but I need to make it doable:). Also, the experts agree that if we write down our goal and schedule it – put a plan of action before the action – we are more likely to do it as well😊. So one of the things that I personally have decided to commit to do is to listen to a podcast or book weekly (if you search podcast you can find great ones on everything from finding God's grace to not being anxious to being more mindful to practicing gratitude to......). Let's do it! Let's remember to Find the Grace and not sweat the small stuff :).
I wish you and your family a BLESSED 2021.
As always, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or concerns and let me know if I can be of any help.