In August, I wrote down the 5 principles that I really want to align my life with. I’ve decided that in what’s left of 2022, I’ll work my monthly Word of The Year theme around that. This month I chose to focus on faith. So, my theme for September is Flowing Faithfully.
This is what I wrote at the start of the month:
I want to live an intentional life based on my principles – Faith, Love/Kindness, Authenticity, Gratitude and Justice.
Flowing faith-fully, I want to spend these September days deepening my faith and my hope. I want to go deeper in gratefulness and kindness.
When I talk about being faithful, I mean to continue the practices I’ve started. And I want to give myself a chance to grow in them.
A reminder to myself : Priorities + Focus = A rewarding life and the time to enjoy it.
Flowing Faithfully ?
In all honesty, September has been a much harder month to be faithful in than August. I’ve been struggling to wake up early, like I want to. And there have been days when I’ve skipped some or all of the practices!
I’ve been working on deepening my faith and kindness though. Reflecting more. Looking for more opportunities to help others.
The two reminders that I’ve kept in the forefront of my mind this month are:
#1 The importance of being over doing. By looking at life and choices through the lens of my principles, I can focus more on who I want to become and the what I want to achieve should flow out of that. James Clear talks about this in his book Atomic Habits (Amazon affiliate link) :
“Many people begin the process of changing their habits by focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identity-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become.”James Clear
#2 Focusing on the joy of making a change, rather than guilt when I’m not able to keep up with my practices. Morgan Harper Nichols (I’m fast becoming a fan) reminds us in her book ‘How Far You Have Come‘ (Amazon affiliate link):
“Allow yourself to feel good about how you are growing right now. You are getting better at letting grace into more and more parts of your life. It may take a while to notice, but it is happening.”
September is not over yet, so I’m reminding myself to dig deeper into faith and hope and be kind as I work towards flowing faithfully.
How’s your month going? Are you growing in your Word, if you follow this practice?
I’m joining Lisa’s One Word Linkup with this January update