I know that we're almost two weeks into the new year, but I thought I'd talk about my resolution here anyway. Well, not really a resolution. Once upon a time, I had those, like most other people. And like most people, I'd broken them before I reached this part of January. I tried to purposefully pick resolutions I knew I could keep. One year, I decided I would do a shot of tequila. I like margaritas, and had never done a shot. So, with Mr. Burhenn's help (he taught me how to do it one handed--hold the shotglass, lemon wedge between pointer finger and thumb, salt on the knuckle of your thumb. Yep, one fluid motion.) I wrapped that up before January was over. Yep, I was a winner!
Still, those easy resolutions didn't seem to really improve me. I mean, yeah, I can handle a shot (although I'd rather sip a wine or beer, personally), but I don't know that it makes me a better person.
So, a few years back, I decided rather than any kind of resolution, I'd try for a word. One word to build my year around.
I've found this really works for me. I've used words like Optimism, Moment, Awareness, Change...
As the new year approached, I gave some thought to what I wanted to improve on this year. And I came to a decision.
I went with the word STOP.
I'm going to use the word as a reminder to myself to stop and find the glee every day. To stop and take a breath. To stop and look for those moments of wonder.
There's always so much going on here. I try and balance my large family's needs and my writing. I try to be there for people who need me. As a pseudo-science geek, I can't help but think that an object in motion tends to stay in motion...unless some outside force acts on it. Well, I want to be my outside force. I want to stop the motion and simply appreciate...well, everything!
I know that we're almost two weeks into the new year, but finding new ways to improve yourself doesn't come with some time limit. So, maybe you made a resolution and this will serve as a reminder to keep going with it. But if you didn't, maybe you'll find your own word. Some touchstone for the year.
This is going to be a crazy busy year for me. I have four books coming out and two more short stories. I promised Lee that I'd come here and blog once a month, so you'll be hearing more about those. But this first blog of the year, I didn't want to talk about my books...I wanted to simply wish you a great year, and share my word and the reasoning behind it.
I hope you find your own resolution or word of the year. And although it's mid-January, I hope you have a great year! I hope you find your own moments to stop and appreciate what's going on in your life...that you stop and find glee...that you stop and take a breath...that you stop and find the wonder!