What I’ve Learned…
Thank you to everyone who participated in My One Month! I loved reading all your posts and comments, and I was inspired by your stories and what you shared.
By the end of this week, I’ll select one (or more) post to put up here for a little while. I’ll also forward the post(s) to the authors of One Month to Live for consideration to use on their website. If you haven’t had a chance to read some of the “One Month” stories that people have written, take a few minutes to check them out here. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s been an awesome, put-it-all-in-perspective month for me. I’ve learned so many things…
I’ve learned to worry less and pray more.
I’ve learned, when my daughter says, “I want a long hug, Mommy,” to hold on until she lets go. Even if it’s late at night. Or even if I’m in a hurry.
I’ve learned to have more fun.
I’ve learned, as a parent, that even though I’ll make plenty of mistakes, the only thing that really matters is if my kids know, at the end of each day, how much I love them.
I’ve learned how much peace my faith brings me.
And I’ve learned how much my relationships with my family and friends matter.
I’ve learned to take more risks.
And doubt myself less.
And I’ve learned to let things like the laundry sit there, undone, while my kids and I read together, or play a game, or go outside.
Even though it sounds ironic, in the middle of one of the busiest months ever–with a new position and writing deadlines and a full schedule–I’ve learned to be more disciplined about taking time for myself and others. And prioritizing.
It’s been a month of focus and change for me. And even though I definitely don’t “have it all figured out”, I’m thankful for the way this month—and the way this book—has affected me.
Because I don’t think a day will go by from now on where I won’t stop and ask myself, “If I really had one month to live…?”
And if I can continue to look at relationships, decisions, and priorities from a “One Month” perspective, then I know, no matter how many months I have left of this life I’ve been given, I won’t have any regrets when it’s over. :)