for my own mental health, i have given in to the new year’s resolution/promise thing. i figured i needed some discipline in my life. some routine. and it felt like a good decision this morning. but, now i’m second-guessing it. or maybe not. geez. i don’t know…
my plan is (was? is?) to spend at least 30 minutes every morning free of the internet & all things computer/mobile phone-related. except for music. perhaps. i haven’t decided on that one yet. anyway. i feel that to give myself just 30 minutes every morning to read, stretch, think, meditate, ponder, or write (with pen & paper) will improve my attitude, outlook, and general overall health. surely i can give myself that in 2012. who doesn’t want to be healthier? who doesn’t want to be calmer & more focused? i definitely do.
my problem is the follow through on this promise. it’s so tempting to give up on this possible promise because i don’t want to fail. perhaps i could try to make it a habit. try it for 21 or 30 days – the time that “they” say is necessary to form or break a habit – and not commit to a whole year. baby steps, ya know.
to begin the day in silence. just me & my thoughts. some coffee, some candles, or some nature (depending on where i am). a pen & some paper. a book. it sounds ideal. it sounds so peaceful. it sounds like something i want to do… surely i can give this a go. i mean, it is a new year. i’m still dealing with a clean slate, aren’t i? it’s the perfect time to begin something new, something good, something that i know is life-changing (i’ve done this before, but fell out of the habit). i can do this, right?
crazy idea… if there are any of you out there who want to join me in committing to a time like this, to use however you wish, i would greatly appreciate it (and i think it would be cool. plus there’s power in numbers & something to be said for holding each other accountable). there is something important and powerful in feeling that you are part of a community, committed to something together, even if you are not in the same place – or even the same time zone. it’s a connection that spans time & place. an informal community formed from hearts. so just email me (email@example.com) or leave a comment here, if you want to create a morning (or afternoon, or evening), silent (computer/smartphone – free zone) community with me. i’d love the company. i’d love to feel & share the support of caring for one another as we care for our selves.
ok. it’s decided. i caved. wish me luck on my promise to myself. and join me, if you are so inclined.
peace, dear readers.