Time To Take Inventory

You do this more often than you realize.  You search through the cabinets and pantry to make a grocery list.  You look through the closet at the countless articles of clothing deciding what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away.  You go through the desks and drawers counting the number of envelopes, paperclips, staples, or reams of paper that still remain.  It is called taking inventory.

Being in the middle of your year, this may be a good time to take inventory.  “Of what?” you may ask.  Evaluate your progress from the beginning of the year.  Remember those “New Year’s Resolutions”? Let’s start there.  How many have you kept?  How many have you decided they were not good ideas after all?  How many have your forgotten? 

Now, I invite you go back one year, two years, five years, ten years.  Have you accomplished the goals, dreams, and good intentions you talked about, wrote about, or even invested in?  Are you where you desire to be in life?  Or, has the train not even left the station? 

By taking inventory, you can measure your progress in performance and production.  What would your inventory consist of?  Some thoughts might be happiness, joy, contentment, satisfaction, drive, strength, significance, stories, grand memories, inspiration, empowerment, confidence, etc.  Or they may consist of regret, sadness, sorrow, lethargy, low self-esteem, doubt, fear, discontentment, weakness, same ole-same ole, hope deferred, insecurity, etc.

How does the latter make you feel?  I agree.  It’s painful not to accomplish a desired goal or dream.  I remember one year I wanted to learn how to swim.  Having almost drowned as a youth, I had developed a tremendous fear of deep water.  The year was coming to an end, and I had mentioned to a friend that it bothered me that I had not accomplished that desire.  I was irritated at myself for not achieving a goal but more fearful of what it would take to accomplish it- getting into the water!  My friend challenged me to allow her to help me.  It was at that moment that I had to evaluate if my fear was of greater weight than my desire to conquer a goal.  Swallowing my pride and fear, I allowed her to help me.  With her compassion and expertise, Sandra had me swimming from one side of the pool to the other.  That memorable day I conquered more than a swimming lesson; I conquered a fear.  That felt great!

Don’t allow fear, pride, or anything to keep you from your accomplishments.  May your inventory be filled with amazing achievements that bring happy memories to your heart and mind.  May your stories inspire others to do the same.  If you lack the inventory you desire, there is still time.  There is no better time than to present to begin doing those things you desire to do.  Keep growing and keep going.  It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,

Angela

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