After an absence of several months, I've been quietly slipping into the blogosphere to read snippets from some of my fav bloggers. Always . . . perfect timing!
Phil Gerbyshak's What's Your Word of the Year for 2009? caught me at a time when I most need it. He suggests building your year around one word that resonates for you. He gives credit to this idea to Christine Kane's Resolution Revolution post. She supplies a lot of help if you need inspiration around words to select. Both are excellent posts about creating something more powerful and lasting than a New Year's resolution.
It took me about 60 seconds to jot down 4 words. My top 2 picks: "ease" and "savor."
Why those two words? Because I am out of balance. I've been fully immersed in real estate investing. It's a "reactive" business. It feels like I have less control of my time. I notice that I spend a lot of my day utilizing "masculine" energy - hard, action-oriented, "make it happen" energy. I'm tired on many levels.
And so I return to the word "ease." Just saying it feels expansive and luxurious, like reading the Sunday paper in your pj's, knowing you don't have to go into work that day.
I need a simple way to be different. One word that makes me feel good and pulls me forward like a magnet. I like "savor" because if I do it, it will take me to "ease." I remind myself to stop viewing life as a chore, something to get through.
Yesterday, in the grocery store late afternoon on New Year's Eve, I shop with a vengenance, until I catch myself. Chill out, Deb. Savor this mundane task. You fill up your cart with goodies that you have money to pay for. How cool is that? The check-out clerk actually makes eye contact and is surprisingly friendly and chipper.
I return home. I put away the groceries. It's getting dark outside. As my husband pulls up into the driveway, I put on some music, light a few candles, and grab a bottle of wine. It's time to practice the art of savoring. And as we do, I experience a sense of timelessness. I'm no longer doing. I slip into being.