This is my first time participating in CatholicMom.com Small Success Thursday blog share. Thankfully, I have some small successes to share this week. Actually, when I look carefully, there are always small successes to be found. So here are mine for this week.
I’ve been dreaming about creating a Marital Retreat in a Box™, a set of simple little retreats incorporating Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. I wanted create these little retreat opportunities for husbands and wives to do in their own home on their own schedule. This week I finally identified the platform I could use to create the prompt and instruction cards. This was the biggest challenge for me since I don’t have a graphic design degree and have no clue how to use Photoshop! I was able to design the cards to my liking using Canva and print them out at home. I found most of the items locally that I wanted to include in the box. The only thing I didn’t include is a religious art item that would help create a sacred space for the retreat. In the final version of the Marital Retreat in a Box™ either a retablo made by local Raleigh artist, Ann Burt, through her company called art4thesoul or a small icon will be included for this purpose. On Wednesday I created my Marital Retreat in a Box™ prototype and distributed them to a few couples to complete!
Another small success was making a decision to let go of a particular type of work that I’ve trying hard and praying hard to bring to fruition. For some reason this week I was able to let go of my desire (maybe obsession?!) to engage in this type of work. Sometimes I just don’t want to accept God’s plan; I want my plan. When I want my plan so much I can convince myself it is God’s plan, too. I’ve been on a spiritual journey long enough to know that if I keep working so hard to make something happen and it just never does, it’s probably not God’s plan. Sometimes I just don’t want to believe that it just might not be God’s plan for me. Once I decided that I no longer wanted to pursue this particular work , I felt an almost sudden calmness and joy. I felt freer to be myself. I felt freer to pursue visions like the Marital Retreat in a Box™ instead of shirking them off as unrealistic or unimportant.
One last small success I’d like to share is achieving my 2014 goal to engage in self-care activities such as a workout, a walk, a rest, reading for pleasure, every day. The reading part is easy, the workout part is challenging!
Now I invite you to share your small successes this week. Remember: no success is too small for CatholicMom.com Small Success Thursday!
Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. Writer, Speaker, Psychologist with a passion to build stronger families for God. www.trypsych.com 919.380.1000