On December 31, 2014, I wrote a piece about the three words that I was going to try to live by in 2015.
My girlfriend reminded me of this promise to myself, outlined in Three Little Words, during the Christmas holiday season. It took a lot of brain power and much frustration (at least on my part, not on hers) to remember exactly what the three words were. We finally worked our way through it, I think, but I went back and re-read the post, just to be sure, and to see if I had in fact at least subconsciously lived by the self-imposed mantra that piece laid out.
The good news is, I think I did a fair job of what I set out to do in 2015, even if the actual words had not been at the forefront of my mind in several months. Allow me, my faithful readers, to refresh your memories, as I did my own.
I was going to try to read more Books, take advantage of more Breaks, and find myself at more Brinks. Please re-read the post here to see what my thoughts were on that last New Year’s Eve.
At last count, which I think is pretty accurate, I did manage to read about forty books this year, everything from Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela to 11-22-63 by Stephen King to Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Now, I realize that for many of you who read several books a week, this is no major feat, but for me it was about what I hoped for. I still really love to listen to podcasts and have several that I am faithful to every week, I like news shows, and I even watched a little more TV and movies than usual this past year. I figure that a little less than a book a week is a good start. I’ll try to do better this year.
As for breaks, I did take advantage of several in my personal and work life, I believe, and I was happy with where those took me personally and professionally. As for the other kind of break, the fun kind that recharge and rejuvenate you, I took FULL advantage of those and then some. It was a spectacular year for experiences and travel and spending time with friends and family. I traveled to Beaufort, SC; Islamorada Key, FL; Toronto, Canada; London, England; Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, SC; Stuttgart, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; New York City; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Nashville and Knoxville, TN; and Napa Valley, CA. We hiked, ate, rode bicycles, flew in planes, watched shows, heard symphonies, celebrated birthdays, watched football games, and more things than I can even recall. What a fabulous year!
Brinks, you ask? Brinks?
Well, that one is a little harder to define.
I am still at the brink, I feel, of some major changes in my life this coming year. Work is evolving, relationships are changing and I am poised to make some major changes before the next New Years Eve champagne bottle is opened. Stay tuned for more about that. It’s all good, and I am excited about where life is taking me.
So, thank you, Trina, for reminding me that I wrote something that was to guide my 2015. I think it worked out okay, all in all.
For 2016, you ask? What are the three words for 2016?
Pretty simple, this time.
Love, laughter and leisure.
With the kind of year we all had, as a planet, in 2015, there is no doubt that we all need more love in our lives. We need to show it, to feel it and to live it. Is there anything more simple than that? I am going to try very hard to do my part, every day, with those around me. I know I can’t singlehandedly change the world, but I can make a difference with one person at a time.
I need to laugh more this year! Don’t you? I don’t mean my usual half-smirk or subtle smile. I mean laugh-out-loud, feel it in my gut kind of laughter. I need this. Maybe a good comedy here and play there or song or joke or whatever. I want to laugh. Join me?
Now you might say that someone who traveled and did so much in 2015 is not in any need of leisure at all. Right? Wrong! Those of you who know me well know that I have a very hard time with down time, with true leisure. If I am not on the go, traveling, planning, doing, experiencing, I am not usually very happy. This needs to change. I need to learn how to take a nap, fall asleep while reading one of the books I talked about. I need to take more slow walks along the river. I need to savor more time at the coffee shop just drinking an Americano and reading the New York Times cover to cover and people watching.
So, for 2016, it’s pretty simple really.
I’m going to put these three words in a reminder to myself on my iPhone, to pop up about every two months, just to keep me honest. Just because that’s the way I roll.
Then, we’ll see how things turned out on January 1st next year.
Happy new year!