Setting Goals

by Patty Blake on Wed, 2014-12-10 05:00

At our MDA ALS Support Group, our therapist David encourages each of us PALS to set specific goals for the coming weeks. Sometimes I have a hard time with this. I mean, really, there isn’t much I can do, right?

Patty Blake

But something clicked for me at this most recent meeting. We had been discussing depression. How illness can lead to negative thoughts, isolation and self-centered-ness. One of our group, himself a therapist, cautioned us to beware of “it’s all about me” thinking. That hit home. I fall into that self-pity routine more often than I care to admit.

Another thing my friend said is that he always has some “project” planned. I thought, What can I do? I read. I blog. That’s about it.

So this past week I have been giving some serious thought to this idea of goals and projects, keeping in mind the welfare of others. It is NOT all about me!

One little project is already underway. Watch this space for something new coming soon.

A few less-concrete ideas are floating around in my mind. Hopefully I can pin those down and put them on my project list.

At the support group meeting, when asked what my short-term goal was, I just echoed another’s: To learn something new every day. And I am usually meeting this goal! For example:

Which U.S. president was the first to have been born a United States citizen?

Eighth president Martin Van Buren. All his predecessors had been British subjects.

There. Your fact for the day!

For whatever reason, the Lord has given me the means to connect with people all around the world through this blog. It began as something for me. Purely selfish, on my part. But I am beginning to see that He may have something in mind that goes beyond my small existence. If that is true, my desire is to be His instrument. May he set the tempo, write the melody, and fill my heart with the music of love.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:2-3

Love, Patty

This blog was posted originally on Nov. 21, 2014.

About the Author

Hi. I’m Patty, and I’m a wife and mom to two grown daughters, and I'm in my 50s, dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease). This blog is my journey through uncharted waters. People ask me constantly how I’m doing. The short answer is “OK.” I add “so far” in my head most times. So that’s what I’m calling this little corner of the interwebz, OK, So Far. So if you’re up for it, come along on this roller coaster ride known as my life. I can’t promise much in the way of entertainment, but I’ll try not to be too boring! Thanks for stopping by.

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