Each December, for the past several years, rather than make a list of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve chosen one word. My word choice has always been based upon what I’d like to accomplish in the year ahead. The accomplishments typically involved writing so choosing words such as perseverance, faith, commit, focus and resolute kept me grounded and on track with my goals.
As I reflected upon my word for 2016, resolute, I realized while I’d remained determined; the year had rushed by in a blur of deadlines, edits, proposals, copious emails and blog posts. All of this, outside of my day job, which comes first. I had lived the year in the future, always focused on what I had to do next. To be honest, it was exhausting.
Did I accomplish my goals? You bet I did. However in doing so, I lived out of touch with the present, and I missed special moments that will never come again. Loved ones, who deserved my full attention, didn’t get it. My body was there, but my mind was a week or month ahead of the moment.
“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh” ~ A.A. Milne
After scanning through the packed pages of my 2016 Day-Timer, I knew what my one word had to be this year…today.
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. ~ Bill Keane
Do you strive to live in the present?