Here we are again — 365 days later — marking another New Year’s Day. If someone asks you how’d it go in 2014, would you say:
- “Dang…where did time go?”
- “I’m glad that’s over…NEXT!!!”
- “Hey! It was a pretty good year!”
I would have rated some years as #1 – “Dang…where did time go?” It doesn’t help that I am a master procrastinator. In the #1 years, the unfinished projects, lack of progress in my life (social, financial, spiritual, or career), and lack of special events led me to sum up those years as rather unremarkable.
“For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.”~Doug Larson
I would have rated 2008 as #2 – “I’m glad that’s over…NEXT!!!” That was the year of breast cancer and it took center stage from January when I had my mammogram through the end of November when I completed radiation. I checked off the box for 2008 and was glad when it ended, along with my treatments. I learned a lot and changed a lot. But…it was a very long year.
“How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.”~Zall’s Second Law
I would give #3 as my answer for 2014 — this was a pretty good year for me. You can’t predict how things will turn out, but it helps to start with a plan. I had two main goals: to plan and take a solo vacation in Europe; and start this blog. I looped the vacation plan in with my “win-win mission” to train my staff up so I could take off for two weeks without looking back and checking in. Mission accomplished!
I started Wobblenot much later in the year than I had planned. My first roadblock was in naming the blog. I wanted the name to be memorable, whimsical, and on point. A long-distance road trip this past spring gave me time to brainstorm about “balance” and why it should be important to us all. “Wobblenot” suggests balance and the tag line – Life is a balancing act – confirms it. I was happy with my choice and sat with it for awhile.
Time flies — meanwhile, “shoulda-woulda-coulda” conversations would get me nowhere. Procrastinator that I am, my second roadblock was in getting started. My path began to clear when an experienced blogger, Al, generously offered to help me create the website. The path fully cleared after I de-stressed from completing a ridiculous work assignment under a very tight deadline: I discovered I could spend focused time writing, while enjoying the process. “Procrastination” got kicked to the curb!
I hope your year ahead has enough high points and successes that you can say 365 days from now: “Hey! It was a pretty good year!” Find your balance, and wobble not. Happy New Year!!
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”~Denis Waitely