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Float, Sting, Sizzle

January 1, 2017 1 Comment

the watcher

the watcher

I have joined Chris Brogan for several years in pronouncing three theme words for the year as it begins. I have had some random success with this method, but sometimes I completely forget the words. I could look them up, but I don’t know what the words I chose were last year, so it did little good to decide on them.  Ironically, I usually have  a word on my inspiration list that reminds me to practice regularly, or stay consistent.  I believe I have not been specific enough about exactly what I would consistently do or practice. My approach to this year’s words, which I almost did not even do, relate to my wellness and creativity goals.  Both wellness and creativity are the summation of small but consistent practices. This year I want to put in minimal effort for maximal results. I want to waste no time, money or effort on anything that does not serve me.  If what I find myself doing does not pass the three word test in 2016 I will change my actions.  I want to do exclusively three things:

  1. Float- An efficient swimmer uses glide to stay on top of the water.  Getting the most out of each stroke is an art and a strategy for endurance.  If I want to live a better life I need to make use of my leisure time to truly fully relax and glide.  Meditation, time in nature, yoga, joyous communion with friends, and similar practices feed the soul and allow the mind to center and restore.  The float can be active or passive, but in order to qualify as a float it cannot be distracted.  We all need the restorative antidote to active lives.  This includes sleep and dreams.
  2. Sting-In an obvious tribute to Mohamed Ali, I plan to sting like a bee in 2017.  This represents clean, clear planning and targeted actions.  If I am not floating like a butterfly I need to direct my full attention to the task at hand to make it work.  I am forever flying by the seat of my pants. This has worked well (??) for me, so I am lazy as hell when it comes to planning. I have so much faith in my own ability to wing it that I do so.  Planning and executing a bullet journal to foster ideas for fiction writing I plan to do is an example.  I have thought about trying fiction for years, but have taken no action to begin.  A sting can be active or passive, but to qualify it must have a target.  Stinging involves hitting a predetermined bullseye.  It can be a health or a creativity goal, but it is specifically planned to create a desired outcome.
  3. Sizzle- In order to make any project worth the time it will consume in my schedule it needs to shine.  I have plenty of mundane tasks I need to accomplish without adding to the list.  This is related to stinging, but is about how the outside world receives my work.  If I am to write poetry or fiction worth reading I need to be much more discriminating.  In planning what and how to sting I will look beyond my ego and ask the question, “How does this serve the world?” Maybe this will be the year I start to do comedy, which I think I am so good at doing all the time.  If I really did comedy on purpose, and actually wrote some material, I could find out if the world would be amused.  To sizzle means to score somehow with others to enrich their lives. It can be strangers or people I know, but it has to benefit somebody somewhere.

I think this year I will print the list of words and keep it in my office where I will see it. That is probably the easiest and best way to stick to it.  I wish all my gentle readers a healthy and fortunate year.

#WeekendCoffeeShare No Regrets

December 31, 2016 4 Comments

fairy duster

fairy duster

Welcome to my home this 31 December, 2016. May I offer you some coffee, tea, or a cocktail? We have a lavish buffet of fruits and nuts to tickle your taste buds while you tickle my imagination. Do tell what your Christmas, or last week, was like for you. If you are visiting Tucson from a cold climate you will enjoy seeing all the flowers still blooming in my yard, and the grapefruit tree loaded with fruit. We had a good rain storm last night so the air is clear and fresh. Stay for a while before you have to go back to winter.

Our holiday decorations have been taken down and stored in the barn. I keep it simple, so striking the set takes little effort and time. The days are quickly lengthening again, and the narcissus is blooming in my garden. In a way we have a two-phase spring, and not much of a winter here. It is almost always sunny, a blessing and a curse. I went to my dermatologist for a light treatment for all my sun damage. This painless procedure requires 3 days in darkness to recover. I fully indulged in my 3 dark days, which fell between 18 and 21 Dec, the darkest days of the year. I hibernated, emerged for a party weekend, then went back in my hobbit hole at home this week. I have been at the gym or at home all week, and it has been divine. I have been reading a lot of new books and generally soaking in the season.  I may have also watched a little too much TV, since we have a few free trial channels going now.

For 2017 I look forward to by every day life, which I find to be very pleasurable.  I make no resolutions, and so far have not chosen three words for next year, as I have done for a while.  I may choose three before the end of the day, but my basic philosophy is to be as helpful to others as I can with the talents I have.  In order to be of service I need to accurately assess by own self efficacy, then improve on it.  I am going to try writing fiction in 2017.  I see a lot of flash fiction that fascinates me, and I have not given fiction much focus.  I think if I use a journal to stimulate fictional stories I can get that engine started.  I will do NaPoWriMo in April, writing a poem a day for 30 days.  This gets easier each year, but I wonder when I will turn into a poet.

I appreciate the coffee sharing community and the diverse cultures and views we represent.  May we all party on in good health in 2017 and release all our petty regrets from the past.  To join this weekly party check in with Diana.  Comment, read, or add your own two cents.  Thanks for being such good company, my coffee sharing friends.  May the force be with us.  I wish you all health and happiness.

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