Happy New Year!
I hope everyone has a year that brings you adventures, love and laughter.
Have you ever done a ‘word’ for the year?
I have seen it the last few years and this is the first year I have contemplated one. I don’t really do resolutions because I am the biggest procrastinator ever…and always leave things to the last minute. Resolutions just will not work for me. I have ideas of how I want to change for the year though!
Anyway, the word of the year thing had me thinking. What do I want more of in my year? Sure I want to exercise more. Travel more. Help people more. But none of those really gave me a word. Jeffy and I were watching a documentary the other day and a word jumped out at me.
What? Flow? Let me explain. It was basically saying that there is this moment, that you are so into what you are doing that you can’t think of anything else. Complete absorption in your activity. That is the type of thing that I was looking for during this next year. I kept reading and realized that maybe I didn’t want that extreme of a word. They said that people thought that Leonardo DaVinci may have been in ‘flow’ when he was painting, to the point that he wasn’t eating or sleeping. There is possibility of addiction when you are in ‘flow’. Gamers are in this a lot. Sure, there are positives as well, but it was just too strong of a word for me.
So instead, I decided to pick a new word.
Not the kind that you get for your birthday or Christmas…but present as in the here and now. I want to take in every moment as it is happening. I think I have missed a lot the last few years and days just turn into months and those turn into years. I want to be PRESENT when the squirrels are outside eating on the feeders that we put out for them. I want to be PRESENT when my kids are talking to me for the 25th time that day about their worlds on Minecraft. I want to be PRESENT when the dogs want to play with their squeaky toys again. I want to be PRESENT when Jeffy is talking about electrical things like the average person talks about what they ate for dinner. There are so many opportunities to be there, in the here and now.
Sure, I can still look back at the past as well as look forward to the future. I am excited about both! But I think about the people in my life. What a gift to give them…me being present, fully there…in their lives. I am looking forward to this word and what I will get to experience because of it…
“To dream the future is much more better than to regret the past.
But the best of all, to live in the present life with all of your power.”
―Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today. ~Brendan Francis