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The Year Is Half Full

The Year Is Half Full

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It’s hard to believe it’s July already.

“Man, I can’t believe the year is almost halfway over!”

“Wasn’t it just January?”

“Time is flying!”

Between quips like these and Christmas decorations on store shelves, there are reminders everywhere that six months of the current have already passed. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me just a teeny bit anxious. For most of us, the new year is a chance to start afresh with new goals and new opportunities. It feels like as soon as the ball drops, the clock starts ticking.

Like January 1, July 1 is another milestone that triggers me to check in and assess where I am and how much I’ve done – or not done. If you’re not quite where you want to be, a year feels like a ton of time to right the ship. Six months? Not so much. I can sense time passing all winter and spring, but by July, I can feel it whizzing by. Time begins to feel like a runaway train that I can’t get off of. Ideally, this would motivate me to work a little harder and be more diligent, but in all honesty, I drift back and forth between motivation and discouragement.

Last week, as I was attempting to reset for the umpteenth time this year, I had an aha moment.

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The year isn’t just half-empty; it is also half-full. What if we approached the midpoint of the year, the week, or even the day, differently? What if we focused on the time we have left instead of the time that is gone? After all, it is the time in front of us that we can seize and impact, not the time that is behind us.

I say this to encourage you: as you countdown the months, don’t count yourself out. Don’t live in the disappointment of what hasn’t worked out the way you wanted this year. The elapse of time is not a complete erasure of possibilities. Whether you have six months or six hours left, live in the hope and faith that it will be good.

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