a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Saturday, January 3, 2015

CELEBRATION 1.3.15: boots and little words

Today's weather is nasty, slushy, and wet.  Since it is a Saturday I have celebration on my mind.  You see, even when I don't post on Saturdays, I can't help but write a celebration on my heart.  So, instead of feeling whiny about the weather, instead of covering my head back up with the blanket and ignoring the messy world outside, I found myself on the way to the grocery store, stopping to snap this photo of my boots: 

Since celebrations feel more important when shared, I sent the photo to my mom with the title: a good thing about today's weather.  This was a plane landed safely text.  When I am paying attention to life, I am good about emitting a large number of plane landed safely messages in comparison to exclamations that the sky is falling. I am not always paying attention to life.  

That's how I found my One Little Word for 2015: 

Mark and I have this picture on our wall: 

It reads: If I am not happy at this time, in this place, I am not paying attention. Mindfulness is all about paying attention. So, in a way, mindfulness is also about celebration.  I like that.  My intention for 2015 is to be more mindful in all aspects of my life.  I want to teach mindfully, listen mindfully, spend mindfully, eat mindfully, love mindfully.  I want to be present for all the moments of my life.

I even want to be mindful in the moments when I am watching tv.  One of my worst habits is to have the television on in the background.  I think it is a habit I formed in an effort to mask noises from outside that prompt my dogs to bark.  In reality it is a habit that distracts me from giving my full attention to a single task.  This year I will have less noise, more free attention.  

I intend to be happy at this time, in this place because I am paying attention to what matters.


  1. I love the thought of writing a celebration on my heart. Maybe I should be more "mindful" of that. I love your word and the story behind it. There seems to be common thread among words this year - focusing on ourselves. I think this might be telling something huh? Have a great week back at school.

  2. I've just copied part of my message to Ruth because of your OLW: There's a new picture book I recently discovered titled Breathe, by Scott Magoon, that speaks of being "mindful". It's for the younger folks, but the message is clear! I agree that sometimes we are unaware of what's going on around us, maybe when in a roomful of students, too? Happy New Year, Christy. Love those boots!

  3. What a terrific word!
    ...I like the things you said about being present and paying attention

  4. So good to have you here. You have a pair of happy boots. You picked a strong and mature OLW. I hope that being mindful helps you to discover interesting things about yourself and the world.

  5. I just gobble up your words and your observations! Like with a healthy meal I leave satisfied and nourished. Such a blessing! Thank you my friend!