Friday, January 20, 2012

Resolutions

I hate New Year's resolutions. They really annoy me. Why wait for the new year? Just resolve to do it now. However, in the spirit of embracing tradition, last year I set a lofty resolution for myself and I'm proud to say that I stuck to it. For an entire year, I was conscious of my resolution, and I carried out my mission.

What was my New Year's resolution for 2011?
Enter more contests.

Yes, I decided that 2011 was the year of entering more contests, giveaways, and drawings. A pretty lofty goal if I do say so myself. If I'm being really honest, I set this goal because on my way to my New Year's party last year, I found out that I won an iPad from this silly contest that I entered. It was incredible. It took 2 seconds of my time, and I had no idea what made me enter it. But I won! And therefore my resolution.

Now, with that behind me, I decided I should make another one for 2012. I went though a couple of resolution ideas in my head...
  • Spend more time petting my dogs. Just sitting down and petting them.
  • Sleep in late. Seems easy to most, but to me, not so much. My brain gets full of all of the things I "need" to do.
  • Get take-out once in a while. I normally hate take-out. It seems like a failure. A failure of making dinner. For whatever reason, going out to eat does not seem this way at all, but getting takeout seems like a cop out. But sometimes, you just need to chill, and get takeout.
  • Sometimes, once in a while, try doing just 1 activity at a time. (i.e. when watching TV, put down the magazine, cell phone, vacuum, book and just watch TV)
I looked back, and noticed a trend. These resolutions all lead to one common thread, slow down.

And then...while in the car just about an hour ago, listening to my dorky obsession, "Science Friday" on MPR, I heard a teaser for the next segment. The segment was going to be a guy who wrote a book about Mindfulness and Meditation.

They discussed how mindfulness leads to .....well this is where the story gets a bit grey.

While listening to the radio and driving, and trying to hear what they were saying about mindfulness, I zoned out, and started making a list of things I wanted to do this weekend, what I want to pack for an upcoming trip, and what I needed to do when I got to my office.

So, while trying to hear the piece on mindfulness, my mind drifted away and I failed to hear how to become mindful. What's a girl to do.

I want to learn to be mindful, but missed the segment on it. Woops.

I don't like New Year's resolutions anyways.

3 comments:

Scorpicon said...

I find the easiest way to slow down and focus is to just look up at the stars on a clear night. I find it so jarring how beautiful the night sky is, I get totally sucked up into paying attention to just that one thing.

Mel said...

Your 2011 Resolution was the BIG reason why I won my trip to LONDON!!! Perhaps I should just copy your resolutions every year! :)

Kara Frank said...

I didn't realize that Mel! I mean, I know you won, but I didn't realize it was because of my resolution. That's hilarious!

Guess you should consider meditation too! :-)