Dear Journey Group,
We are halfway through the PFO year and I wanted to share about the journey so far, what I’ve learned, and how PFO has impacted me. Each year I have participated in the organization, I have grown in several, but different aspects along the way. In ninth grade I learned most about putting myself out there and accepting or rejecting other’s perceptions of me. In tenth grade, I explored putting others’ needs first and challenged myself to use humility as much as I could to further my relationships that I cared about. In eleventh grade, I grew in my accountability, more than replying to emails or texts on time, but keeping my word and promises I had made to people, as well as an overall awareness of how I could be a more true and honest person. And currently, I am still obviously working on what I previously mentioned, with the intention and expectation that I am an imperfect person, but always striving to be a better me everyday. In addition, taking life as it comes, and living in the present. I have been working hard on accepting my mistakes, and moving on. For me, when I focus on what I may feel like is defeating me at the time, I find that I am an unhappy person, and that effects everyone I come in contact with. So, instead of blaming my struggles on the world, I have been trying to find at least one thing every day that I know I can achieve, accomplish, and manage. This way, there is always something I can handle and I never feel consumed with defeat. It could be as simple as doing my laundry, or making my bed, or maybe sweeping the floor, usually it is something that is a pet peeve or something minor that seems a bigger deal than it is. Since using this strategy, I have found that I am an overall happier person, and I am even more aware of others’ needs, therefore being able to focus my energy on those I care about most. So, reflecting on the last three and a half years with PFO, taking all of these strategies into account, or what we call “the 4 A’s”, I am moving forward with no expectations, but rather intentions of being an honest and honorable person as much as I can. But, also realizing that I am not perfect and I am going to make mistakes. Having this mindset is so healing and helpful for me as I continue to grow into the person I strive to be every day. I encourage you to do the same with your life: Pick one thing you can manage and do it every day. It can be the simplest thing, because the point is knowing you’re always managing something. And soon, you’ll end up moving up to two or three a day and you’ll end up overcoming more than you ever thought. It seems unreachable, but it only takes baby steps. Thank you so much for reading this and I appreciate all of the support thus far! Until next time!