On this first Sunday of the year, in 2010, I started a 52 Week journey that made an indelible imprint on my life. That journey became a passion project, a book, and a precious part of my life and my story.
Five years gone by in the blink of an eye. Today is my five year anniversary of the beginning of My 52 Weeks of Worship.
I expect to do a fair amount of writing and reflecting here this year – about what I have learned in the past five years from this journey, and what seems to lie ahead. Of course, there is the list of 52 Things I Learned From 52 Weeks of Worship…but I wrote that years ago. And there are many interviews where I share the story, like this appearance Lisa Oz show, which I will never forget! But what I will focus on this year answers the question that I have been asked many times, “What did you learn?”
One lesson that has come into clear focus in the past few weeks is this:
Life will always throw you curveballs, challenge you, and sometimes even kick you in the face. You get to choose how you will react to the situation you find yourself in. If you lead with fear, and there is always a strong inclination to do so, you may find yourself acting or feeling a way that is so far from how you know you want to show up in life, that it can be frightening. But if you lead with faith – whatever that faith may be – you will often land in a more loving place, a more forgiving place, a place that can help to calm you down, rather than add to the initial trauma. I am still practicing leading with faith. And I have witnessed some spectacular failures to do so in the recent past. But I know it is the best route. And you can always choose again. And so I continue to practice.
To those who started this journey with me on a Sunday in January, 2010 – whether you knew it or not – thank you. Here’s to a great 2015!