It’s the beginning of May! I can’t believe I survived this winter. It was a rough one: emotionally, physically, spiritually, every bit of it. I’m sure glad its over. I’m ready for a classic Minnesota summer. Get me to the lake!
Choosing my one-little-word for this year and trying to live it out has been such a challenge. Authenticity was far easier than listening is shaping up to be. But I kind of know that’s a good thing.
In March and April I worked diligently on the way I communicated back to others. This often meant taking the time to mentally process what was said so that I could respond best. This essentially meant slowing down. For a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, quick to respond kind of person that I am, this was hard.
But I know it’s the better way of doing things. And even though I had to have some hard conversations in March and April (more than I've had in a long time... hmmm), I got to walk away with dignity and understanding because I’d chosen to intentionally respond.
That brings me to today, and a brand new theme of my olw for the months of May and June. The “s” in listen and the theme for the next two months will be to:
Savor small and simple moments.
Oh, I can get down with that.
My goals for this theme will be to make deliberate choices with my free time, choose to enjoy the simple things instead of going through the mental to-do list, and to savor times of joy. I love that Brene Brown talks about “foreboding joy,” and I’m certainly someone who has a tendency to do that.
In May and June I hope I can kick that tendency and truly, fully enjoy the small and simple.