Born in Missouri, Dr. Deborah Craton grew up in Bedford, Indiana, and was in the last graduating class of the old Bedford High School. She did her undergraduate work at David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her M.D. degree from Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis. After fulfilling a residency program in Gadsden, Alabama, she and her family moved back to Bedford, where she has practiced family medicine since 1984. She married John Craton, a classical music composer, in 1978, and they have been married now for 40 years. Together they have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, several cats, and a number of grand cats.”
What will you do differently from last year in this new year?
I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. “I resolve to lose 20 lbs.” “I resolve to walk 10,000 steps every day.” Resolutions are so specific, and if you slip up or slide backwards, which usually happens within the first few weeks of the new year, one gives up completely and turns back to a previous way of doing things. That usually leads to discontentment, which leads to disappointment, and in some cases depression. Therefore, I do not make resolutions. Instead, I set goals!
Goals set are specific enough to be able to “quantify” the results, but not so specific to cause great disappointment if I do not seem to be accomplishing what I set out to do. Here’s an example:
Instead of saying I want to lose 20 lbs, I say I want to feel healthier and be able to see that my clothes fit better.
Instead of stating I will walk 10,000 steps every day, I set a goal of being active every day by moving every hour I’m awake.
And finally, instead of saying I will only eat 1200 kcal a day, I say I will make better food choices.
One might say that is all just semantics (you might be right), but it does seem to help people be more positive! So the question still is out there…..what will I do differently in 2022?
This year I turn 66 and in July I will be 66 and 4 months. For some of us born in 1956 that means full Social Security benefits! It means….I could retire! That would be totally different for me! I cannot remember a time in my life since graduating from high school that I didn’t have a schedule. I had to plan my time wisely to get everything done. College, medical school, residency, starting my practice, being a wife and a mother…..time all had to planned and budgeted. Can I be without a schedule?
I love my husband dearly. But one thing Covid has taught me, I do not not feel like I’m ready to spend 24/7/365 with him! He drives me crazy now! I am sure he would say the same for me! The one thing I do know is this….” Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:13-17 NIV
I am asking God to direct this next phase of my life. It is hard some days to hear Him for all the noise. I do hear Him, though, through the advice of valued friends and colleagues. I heard Him recently in a sermon as the preacher talked about Phillip being called. Both times Phillip was called to do something for God he “got up and did it.” Both times he seemed to have had to change the direction he was going.
I am not sure what I am going to be doing differently in 2022 except for working 3 days a week instead of 4 in the office. I do want to be more active. I want to eat healthier (I started eating Brussels Sprouts in 2021; what could be next?!?) I want to feel healthier…similar to how I felt before Covid. But beyond all this, I want to follow where God leads me. He has lead me in the past and guided me in taking care of those He has sent my way. I have no doubt that my God will continue to guide me where I can serve Him best if I continue to listen for His Guidance Happy 2022!