My thirteen year old son is going to kill me for this. When I found this note stuck to his bedpost today, I was both tickled with the content and delighted with his process. He’d set goals or at least objectives for himself and his behavior. A series of blog post ideas immediately began popping off inside my head. So, I’m starting with the big picture – the notion of personal planning.
Every year, typically during the final days of December or sometimes around my birthday in March, I take time to evaluate the year that is closing and outline how I’d like the next one to go. I run through various aspects of my life with an eye on what I’d like to achieve. My list includes the areas of spirituality, health and wellness, family, friends, finances, fun and a learning agenda. I begin by focusing on desired outcomes in each of those areas followed by a tactical list of how I’ll achieve them. My process ends with a short list of positive statements or affirmations that I can use as daily reminders. As some of you will remember, the creation of this blog was one of those desired outcomes for this year and it won’t come as a surprise that participating in Community Supported Agriculture is one of the tactics that I use to achieve my health and wellness goals.
I’m pleased with my son’s desire to focus on his healthy behaviors! Admittedly, at age 13, it’s more about wooing 7th grade girls than it is about disease prevention but I can finally see the product of thirteen years of my efforts and that’s a pay-off. And, because I know that this is one of his 2010 objectives, I’ll work with him to support it. With Michelle Obama’s focus on childhood obesity, there is a lot of talk about the nutrition of our children. While we wait on a two-year University of North Carolina study that compares the nutritional levels of local food versus food which travels 1500 miles in refrigerated trucks, a paper published in October in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry by a University of California, Davis team demonstrated that organically grown tomatoes have significantly more vitamin C than conventional tomatoes. And of course, I find great value in being able to visit the farm and observe the farming practices where it is all grown.
What is your recipe for accomplishing your desired outcomes? Who will you tell that can support you in that journey?