Sunday, January 4, 2015
Far (Not Fast) in 2015
A few years ago, when we collectively decided that resolutions - not goals, which are totally different and worthy, but resolutions - were for the unimaginative, bloggers everywhere started choosing a single word to guide them through the year.
Of course, I followed suit. In 2013, my word was “metamorphosis.” In 2014, I chose “amicable.” The thing is, though, as I explained in a comment on a recent post by Kristen in which she expressed dismay at the prospect of being tethered to a single word for an entire year, picking one word doesn't have to preclude abiding by any others. I saw my word as more of an anchor in an ever-expanding brainstorming cloud than an arrow going straight from point A (January 1) to point B (December 31). For 2014, here’s what that looked like:
to guide me through the past challenging year and, as the year wore on, I came to realize the extent to which it was intrinsically about helping me be better with and for and to others rather than about reminding me to be better in and of myself. All those guiding ideas in the cloud went towards making me a more productive and agreeable part of the communities to which I belong.
That's not something anyone should ever stop working on, I don't think, and I know I've got so much room for improvement. So I'm going to stick with this cloud in 2015. After all, I don't want to go fast this year - I want to go far.