This year, I’m using the Present Over Perfect Guided Journal. I read Shauna Neiquist’s Present Over Perfect book when it came out a few years ago and so much of it just connected with me. When I saw she had created a journal, I knew it was right for this season of my life. The journal has small excerpts from the book and prompts to help you think, reflect, and write. I’ll be sharing some of the prompts and my responses.
Prompt (pg. 105): When you look back at the last few years, what are some things that you regret? Why? Is there a pattern you can recognize?
Over the last 2 years – pandemic! I’m actually really proud of how I have conducted myself during this time. I’ve listened. I’ve grown. I’ve softened. I’ve changed a lot. There are momeents that I’m not proud of, but overall, I’m grateful for who I’ve grown to be.
Pre-pandemic… I know I was not always someone who listened well. I too often focused on tasks rather than relationships. I wanted more and failed to appreciate what was before me. I filled my emptiness with busyness and that just cased more disconnection. From myself and from others.
The difference? Loving myself. Realizing my worth does not come from what I do or from what I accomplish. My worth is. My worth comes from my Creator. My worth simply exists because I exist. I have worth because I am loved.
Friends, I wonder, over the last few years, what is it that you regret?