You know what I learned in 2013 about the word quiet? I am truly horrible at it.
Quieting my mind and sitting still for more than a few seconds is torture for me. Torture. But so important.
I didn’t master the art of being quiet, but I did become more mindful of the noise in my life. Which leads me to my new word for 2014.
All the noise, all the racing thoughts and frantic heartbeats, all the “hurry hurry hurry” comes from a lack of simplicity.
And while I have strived towards simplicity in the past, this time I’m actually going to do something about it.
First of all, I am reading Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson. Each chapter has experiments to choose from, thoughts to ponder, and practical tips on practicing simplicity.
Second, I am setting a work schedule for myself and only saying yes to the very best projects. I am determined to give up the good and go for the great this year.
Third, well, I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I think that’s ok. I’m taking bite-sized steps toward the road to a simpler life, and I think that will take me farther than some grand set-me-up-for-failure plan.
I like the sound of that.
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What is your One Word for 2014?