Resolve Well: Soul

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It is well,

It is well

with my soul.

The word “well” is one of those words that has many definitions. As a noun, dictionary.com defines the word as “a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur”. As a verb, “to rise, spring, or gush, as water from the earth or some other source”. The adverb “well” is defined as “in a good or satisfactory manner”. It can be used as an interjection or in idioms. And as an adjective, the word is defined as “in good health; sound in body and mind; satisfactory, pleasing, or good”. I’ve made the word “wellness” to mean, in my mind, something a little deeper than the word “healthy”. I want to be satisfied with my body, mind, and soul. But, I mainly want to be satisfied spiritually, soulfully. There is a depth that I crave which comes from inside of me. I want soul wellness this year.

Soul wellness is, to me, the easiest to attain and by far the most satisfying. It is the easiest because I believe in a God that gives me peace when I ask and direction when I call to him. It is the most satisfying because it is everlasting. One day my body will be rotting in the ground. I only have to take care of that part of me for a little while. I believe that my mind will one day be uncluttered and filled with freedom and truth.

I want to say every day that, “It is well with my soul”. That I am satisfied with whatever is going on in my life because there is a part of me that is eternal. What are ways that you can take care of that most important part of you this year?

Here is my list:

 

1)      Pray well.

  1. Pray more for other people – family, friends, and my church.
  2. Pray for help and guidance on my wellness journey.
  3. Pray for my husband and my marriage.

2)      Read well.

  1. Chronological Bible Reading.
  2. Combine Bible reading with art.
  3. Good literature.

3)      Listen well.

  1. Spend time listening to God’s soul.
  2. Listen to music that lifts my soul.
  3. Spend time doing art and listening to art’s stories.

Whether your focus is taking care of your body, your mind, or your soul this year, I hope you’ll join me in resolving well. Let me know what you’re doing to make your life better in 2017!

 

 

Resolve Well: New Year’s 2017

Every year, we are given this amazing opportunity. We are given a fresh start. No, not everything is wiped clean. We still have to deal with the decisions we made last year. But the way the world is wired – that we have seasons and change and time and weeks and years – we get some fresh starts.

We’ve marketed this particular fresh start as New Year’s Resolutions. We resolve to be healthier, stronger, and just better than we were the year before.

And this is an admirable thing. Humans should always resolve to be better than the imperfect creatures that we are. It’s part of what makes us human and different. Goal-setting. Goal-reaching. Failing and getting back up again.

I want this year to be the year that I get well. I’ve been sick for such a long time, with varying degrees of chronic fatigue syndrome for five years, two months and counting.

I know that I don’t have much control over this illness, but I do know that I have to set goals and continue to strive for them in order to keep my mind and my soul healthy. My body might give out, but my optimism and my desire to get better should not. I can’t push myself the way other people can, but I can take care of my body and strive for wellness.

So I’ve come up with a plan through this brain fog I’ve had lately.

How to Decide on New Year's Resolutions

I resolve to strive for wellness: body, mind, and soul.

In effect, I want to take care of myself. Which is the hardest thing for me to do. Ironically, it is the only thing I have to do if I want to do anything else.

You can read my long story here in Pan Pilgrimage, a book I wrote while trying to figure out life after college. I discover the importance of taking care of me and why that is important to God’s plan for all of us.

Goals need specifics, so feel free to do this with me. Answer the question for you and your wellness:

 

1. What will help me achieve wellness in my body?

2. What will help me achieve wellness in my mind?

3. What will help me achieve wellness in my soul?

Keep your answers positive. I started writing down things like: 1) Don’t eat sugar. 2) Don’t think negative thoughts. But, then I was like, negativity is really bad for the mind, so I’d better switch it around. I need sooo many more positives than negatives to keep my mind healthy and well.

My goals became more like: 1) Make fun snacks like hummus and crackers for outings. 2) Be positive. I’ll share some with you next week!

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I have keywords for the year. Spend time praying and have your own key words – maybe part of a verse that has stuck out to you in the past few days or weeks. I’m using “less noise”, “be well”, and “joy” right now.

Here’s to our new journey – our new year. Here’s to a fresh start.

Here’s to being well.