Monday, January 3, 2011
in a word...
I got a ticket yesterday morning on my way to church. It seems that I am always in a hurry anymore. At the time I was pulled over I was 1. driving & hurrying to church 2. finishing putting on my make up 3. trying to eat breakfast 4. drinking a coke, and 5. listening to a book on tape. Five things. Five.
Yes, while I was driving I was doing four other things at the same time. I'm all for productivity and multi-tasking, but yesterday's ticket made me stop and think. Do I really need to rush so much? Do I really need to be productive every minute of the day? Why am I always rushing? Why am I always out the door five minutes later than I wanted to be? What the heck is so important anyway?
I've been thinking and thinking about my word for 2011. Last year my word was Leap, and boy did it shape my year. My word for 2009 was Yes. What about this year? What word will I choose to encapsulate all my hopes for the coming 12 months?
I want to choose a word that indicates growth and doing and movement and making things happen. But, yesterday morning has me thinking that I might need a word that indicates slowing down, breathing, rest, and being on time.
What I really want is to be intentional; to make choices instead of relying on habits and reacting to circumstances. Yes, I want to make choices and grow creatively. Yes, I want to be a dreamer and not just a doer. Yes, I want and desperately need to slow down, to rest, and to refresh. I want both.
What I really want is to live 2011 with intention. I want to choose what I want to do and when. I want to take initiative instead of only reacting. I want to stop drifting from chore to chore, task to task, and start doing what I intend. I want to make choices instead of relying on habit. I want to move more, connect more, write more, rest more, sleep more, laugh more, create more beauty, and photograph more. My habits are too-often not reflective of my real values. I want to live with intention this year. I want to make choices. When it is time to rest, I want to rest. When it is time to work, I want to work. When it is time to play, I want to play. Whatever I do, I want it to be from choice, not habit. I want it to be intentional.
Happy 2011, my friends. May you live with intention. I plan to.
In case you want more...
Poem Hunger Favorite Things I Love Lists Personal Passions 52 Lists Slice of Life Lawsonland Being Momma Bookish Thoughts A Habit of Gratitude Just Me Guest Blogger Just Thinking NaBloPoMo August Break Family Stories Something for You This moment Team Lawson The Good Life Christmas Cup of Blessings I Love America Alphabetica Jeffrey My Love Precious Ordinary SOOJ AprilLove Intention Why Don't You Inspiration Opinions Please Quotes unphotographable The BIG List Art San Francisco I love Presents Monthly Mosaic The Art of Silly December Reflections Travel Book of the Week Fiction