I suppose I’m not the only one who sat around on New Year’s Day, reflecting on the year just past and thinking about the year ahead….between football games.
I also sat in front of my laptop, intermittently surfing the internet for news and listening to music on iTunes, slowly absorbing everything from the suspense of going over the Fiscal Cliff, to updates on Facebook, to the progressive art rock of Rush (the band), to the soulful pop of Sam & Dave, to the high, lonesome sound of Flatt & Scruggs (hey, I’m a southern boy who grew up in the ‘70’s, so it makes sense!)—all in all, a day of relaxation, and apparent ADD.
But, relax I did, and felt none of the associated guilt I usually feel when sitting around, not really doing anything. I think it’s because I’ve found—for now—a sense of contentment: I did just about everything I wanted to do last year, and in the manner I wanted to do it—time with family and friends; productive changes in my business model; fun with leisure activities—and am looking forward to continuing the same in the New Year.
So, as far as New Year’s resolutions go, I’m resolving to ride this contentment wave as long as I can. Or, as Rush (the band!) told me today in their reflective song, Time Stand Still:
Time stand still
I’m not looking back
But I want to look around me now
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now.
Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Experience slips away.
And maybe, after the scientifically-proven 21 days of practice, I can even make it a habit!