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.