Last year, as a New Year’s resolution, I chose just one word. Enjoy.
Looking back, I think I did a pretty good job of it. I really did keep it in mind all year, and made a conscious effort to enjoy my days.
This year, I can’t seem to find just one word that fits my need. I’ve chosen a phrase instead. Ready for the unveiling?
One thing at a time.
That’s it for this year. I’m tired of feeling frustrated because I have “too many irons in the fire,” as my mother would say. I can get overwhelmed to the point of feeling paralyzed before I actually do anything.
Lately Jeff and I have been reminding each other, when one of us is feeling paralyzed by the enormity of the amount of work to be done, “Just pick one thing, and do it.” It may sound simple, but for some reason I keep needing to be reminded. It’s amazing what can be accomplished one thing at a time!
I’m looking forward to being focused and productive in 2011. One thing at a time.
My inspiration for this record of my days:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen