The Single Best Goal for 2021

Hindsight is 2020, and the saying is truer this year than ever before in our lifetime. As we reflect back on this unimaginable year, there's so much many of us wish we could have done. Doors that we wanted to have opened, quite literally closed. Goals that we planned to achieve were sidetracked, and dreams, once held tight, were delayed. Many of us couldn't wait for this year to end. But 2020 was a teacher. If we fail to take away the lessons of this year, then the inconveniences, disappointments and pain we experienced in 2020 will all be for naught. 2020 taught us two things:

  1. Nothing is possible without first caring for your emotional and physical health. You need strength, fortitude, and consistency to achieve your goals, to show up for your family and friends, and to live out your dreams. The single best goal for each of us is to protect our emotional and physical health. Engage in prayer, meditation or quiet time on a regular basis. Wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask, keeping a safe distance from others. Add more water, fruits and veggies to your diet. Don't skip your annual physical. When faced with tough decisions, choose the one that leads to peace in your heart and mind.

  2. 2020 taught us the error in assuming that the world around us will continue on the same. As many of us experience downtime in 2021, at least until Covid-19 is under control, we should examine the one thing that we can count on more than anything else: ourselves. Let's use the time wisely. Examine how you fit into the world and what you can do or want to do with your abilities and position.

We lost many people in 2021. May their souls rest in peace, and may their sweet memories live on in the hearts and minds of their families and friends. We are the lucky ones. I pray that 2021 is your best year yet.


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