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Accountability is an important aspect of growth in any area of life.

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When I joined Weight Watchers eight years ago, I paid them good money to keep me accountable. I had a goal, but I needed the prompting of weekly weigh-ins and tips to help me attain that goal. (My husband said he would be glad to keep me accountable if I paid him that money, but he didn’t offer any little booklets or badges to mark progress.

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I know of a group of young men who meet weekly before work to pray and study God’s word, and to share their challenges and victories. They hold one another accountable for the choices they make, and I strongly believe they and their families and their communities are better off for it.

Accountability in the writing life is often difficult to nail down. We writers usually work alone. There are programs and apps to keep us on course, to track our daily word count. We have actual and virtual groups that are willing to provide feedback regarding our journey.

In spite of all these options, we are still ultimately responsible for our own growth, for our choices, our use of time, our approach to goal-setting. What works well for one does not always make the difference to another.

For me, a promise is a strong stimulus to keep going. In January of this year, I set a goal to write a specifically categorized blogpost for every week. With God’s help, a couple of reposts from writer friends, and a lot of time, I am now putting the finishing touches on my posts for this calendar year. The satisfaction of keeping a promise is high reward for me. Next to satisfaction is the response of a friend or two to a particular post. Thank you to all of you who have commented.

If I can touch a life now and then with these posts, they are well worth the effort. I hope you have received some encouragement from my blogs, as I have from the blogs of others.

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photoWhere did the summer go? July, for me, was wonderfully busy with houseguests and family visits, gardening and yard work, summer projects and remembering to relax with my grandkids. But August snuck in on the heels of July and sped off in the direction of autumn. Without warning. As usual.

As I enter the autumn of my life, I realize how much faster time seems to clip by. Time does not stop or even slow for good intentions. So this post is meant to spur all of us on to tackle those plans and dreams still on our bucket lists.

Actually, I don’t have a bucket list. Not being much of a risk-taker, I prefer to avoid flirting with intense discomfort, terror, injury or death. Rather, I make a comprehensive list of things I wish to accomplish in the areas of my interest and expertise. Sure, some of the items on the list force me to stretch and grow, but they are reasonable and attainable. I don’t want to hang-glide (Karen and Katherine can do that) or go deep sea diving (like Deanna and Paul) or float down the Amazon River (Dennis and Liana sent pictures). I’ll read about those experiences and marvel at the photos, thank you very much.

If you are a risk-taker, intent on living life on the edge, then go for it and more power to you, but whatever you want to do, plan for it now, because we don’t even know which season of life we’ll end with.

Some areas into which I plan to push myself, in no particular order, are:

— to learn more about social media and use it for promotional purposes

— to learn more about self-publishing and try it

— to write more books and articles for publication in many forms

— to take time for my family and friends

— to maintain good health, insofar as I am able

The days grow short, as demonstrated by the angst of August. Time to revisit our game plans, review and tweak the steps to our goals, research details and questions. Psalm 103:15-16 (NIV) says, “As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more…”

Seems to me we’d better make the most of the time we’ve been given. All the best to you as you do so.

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