Saturday, January 4, 2014
Let's Take a Walk
Finding warmth and bright pops of color here and there can soften even the harshest winter landscape. I won't lie though, we've had crazy cold days (like 30 degrees below normal, and it's going to get even colder next week), and all that arctic air has kept me mostly indoors lately. I love to walk, especially with my camera, but I don't enjoy numb icy toes and fingers that sting with cold.
I took these photos right before the temperature dropped. I was thinking a lot about my goals for 2014 as I walked. I know most people probably have their goal list ready and hit the ground running on Jan 1st. But not me. I'm easing into my resolutions, taking my time to really think about what it is I want my life to be and how best to get there, what I want to share with others and the difference I'd like to make in my small corner of the world. It's serious business, this life stuff. And I don't think I'll ever get to an age where I don't have lots of things to work on.
I'll probably write more on these ideas in the future. One thing I know for sure is that I don't want it to boil down to a "to do" list with boxes to check; I have enough lists in my life already, and I certainly don't need more tasks to complete. I definitely want to keep it more "big picture" and something I reevaluate as the year goes on.
My pal Kate wrote about her resolution to spread kindness, which I think is awesome and exactly how I'd like to approach my own goals. I think so many people focus primarily on accomplishing the next big thing, whether it's a degree they're after, a promotion, a bigger house, a baby, etc., all the while checking to make sure their peers aren't too far ahead of them. I honestly think living that way leads to a lot of unhappiness. I'm not suggesting you shouldn't still strive to get an education, do well at work, or start a family if that's important to you. But instead of measuring progress and self-worth by what you've attained or achieved, why not measure by what you've given?
I don't mean specifically donating money or time to a charity, though that's awesome too. There are a million ways we can be more open, positive, generous, caring, and giving of our abilities and talents, in our own ways and in our own time. Ok, maybe not a million, but at least several, right? Anyway, it's just something I've been thinking about. xo, Mary