Here we are , wrapping up the last week of January 2015- and I’m happy to say the tree is down- decorations packed and my resolutions are firm in place. I’m not one to jump lightly into resolutions- but I love taking stock this time of year- and making a plan of what I’d like to accomplish. A cross between a bucket list of things I’d like to do and a road map of where I’d like to be this time next year.
When I was going over my goals, it came to me that almost each thing I wanted to change or do or improve upon was a very realistic goal- so long as I took responsibility for it. I had read a quote about New year’s Day that said
“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book- write a good one” How awesomely simple! If I wanted to read a story about a person who was more physically fit- then I needed to write that story- one page at a time. If I wanted this years’s story to be about someone who was more in the moment and who took the time to stop and be present- then I needed to write that. Every decision I make writes a line in the story of this year. And that’s really what it comes down to- wishes come true one decision at a time.
This shift in thinking helped me finally solidify my One Little Word® for 2015: Author. It’s a good little word because it has so much packed into it- and is so simple and powerful at the same time.
I collected a few images to help solidify it for me on a dedicated Pinboard– I like the idea of a Pinboard for this. It will help give me a visual reminder and its something I can actively curate through the year to reinforce my commitment. This year, I will work to be guided by the principal that I am the author of this 365 page book- and I am responsible for the stories told. How it will end- I don’t know. But I know how today’s page started: “Today she woke up with intention- she worked out a bit- and ate a good breakfast- and hugged the kids tight- and then sat down to her desk to get in a good day’s work….” That’s not a bad first chapter-
Sometimes- you just need a good opening- and the rest of the story follows- other times- you need to trust you can change a terrible beginning by re-writing how the story ends- No matter what, each day presents the chance to tell a new story- all we need to do is author it.
You can tell I’m excited about this mind-shift because it spilled onto my drawing board these past few days in the Unwritten Collection. I am crushing on the idea of having so many beautiful blank pages waiting to be written on. (And I’m fine that there will be some mistakes- that’s why every pencil has an eraser.) I encourage you to take a look at Ali Edward’s thought on One Little Word- and see if there is one that will fit for you this year- and if you have chosen one- I’d love to hear about it!
Here’s wishing you a terrific 2015- filled with wonderful and funny and clever and heart warming stories- each purposefully written!