On Making Progress: some encouragement from Jane Eyre

Here we are, nine days after the new year. How are you feeling about your goals? It’s so easy for the enthusiasm and motivation of January 1 to quickly fizzle out into February 1’s old habits.

I’m reading Jane Eyre for the first time right now (cue shocked gasps) and I love it! Jane’s practical, down-to-earth perspective on life is incredibly refreshing. I just read a part of the book where she is talking to Mr. Rochester (essentially, her employer). Mr. Rochester has been lamenting his own faults and his inability to correct them. He waxes eloquent about the remorse that he can’t leave behind. This is what Jane says in response:

“Only one thing I know; you said you were not as good as you should like to be, and that you regretted your own imperfection–one thing I can comprehend: you intimated that to have a sullied memory was a perpetual bane. It seems to me, that if you tried hard, you would in time find it possible to become what you yourself would approve; and that if from this day you began with the resolution to correct your thoughts and actions, you would, in a few years, have laid up a new and stainless store of recollections, to which you might revert with pleasure.”

In other words, don’t give up! The pathway to a better self is comprised of tiny steps made every day. Start (or restart) today! You can be who you want to be if you resolve to and keep moving forward. Good luck 🙂 You can do it.

What are your goals for this year? What keeps you motivated?  

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Hello! I am a stay-at-home mama of three little ones. I love to write, run, sew, bake sourdough bread, find new ways to be thrifty, and explore the outdoors. I live in Indiana where my husband is getting his Ph.D.

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  • Lily
    January 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I’ve loved Jane’s wisdom ever since I first read the book. The message of becoming in time who you were born to be- who Heavenly Father knows you to be and who we really are is one that stands out to me a lot!