one of my resolutions for 2009 was:
continue working on mindfulness. and by this, i mean focusing on each moment, slowing down to enjoy life, and recognizing/acknowledging unhelpful thought processes as they arise. it's an ongoing battle, but i will keep up the good fight.i had similar resolutions for 2006, 2007, and 2008, although there are certainly variations. i wouldn't be surprised if i were still working on gaining perspective and becoming more mindful in 2050!
and i'm okay with that. because i think that learning to live in the moment is one of the keys to enjoying a meaningful life. i find that i am happier AND somehow accomplish more when i let go of life's little annoyances and just focus on what i am doing and who i am with RIGHT THEN.
a very small-scale example
i blamed this minor baking disaster on wet filling and difficulty with scaling down the recipe. but then i sort of mulled it over and realized that the real problem was that i had gotten stressed out about how long things were taking, and was rushing to finish the project. in rushing,
◆ i was doing a haphazard job
◆ i was no longer enjoying myself
◆ i ended up with a product that i was not happy with
and WHAT WAS THE RUSH!?!? i mean, hello! i'm on staycation and have all the time in the world. if i can't relax and just enjoy life now, how are things going to work when there are superimposed deadlines?
so yesterday, i decided to try again. i cranked some tunes ("fireflies" on repeat? why not?) and sat down and decided to take my time and enjoy the baking process -- since it really is something i like to do.
okay, so they're not 100% perfect -- a little cheese might have leaked out. but i was so much happier with this batch, and had such a good time in the process just doing my thing the best that i could. baking is NOT a race to the finish line, and neither is life.
calzones: a metaphor for life? maybe so, at least for me. i will try to keep this lesson in mind as i embark on the adventures of 2010!
zen habits is a blog about mindfulness and simple productivity, and it is one of my favorites. writer leo babauta manages to convey lessons about these things far more cleanly and eloquently than i can (ie, he doesn't need to resort to pictures of calzones).
today, he posted a year-end summary, including the 30 best posts of 2009. on this list, he includes three of my favorites:
◆ the mindfulness guide for the super busy: how to live life to the fullest
◆ 10 essential rules for slowing down and enjoying life more
◆ do interesting things
and speaking of interesting things, it's time to start the last day of the year. i plan on savoring every minute of it.
workout: 50 minutes elliptical + weights
- 2 x 11 pushups
- 2 x 12 deep plie squat to tricep press, 12 lb weight
- 2 x 12 walking double lunges, 8 lb weights
- 2 x 12 bicep curls, 10-12 lb weights
- 2 x 10 lateral/forward raises with lunge
- 2 x 15 ball plank-to-tucks (my abs are sore today!)
culinary corner: in trying to decide where to go for dinner, josh randomly came up with korean. brilliant! we headed to chosun ok, a small restaurant located in a durham strip mall. the atmosphere wasn't elegant, but the food was delicious (and the company was top-notch :) ). we had fun discussing up in the air (which we both REALLY liked) and josh entertained me with stories from his work in china (~10 years ago, back in his computer science days).
i felt a little self-conscious snapping photos in the brightly lit restaurant but then decided that i didn't care. the food was too interesting not to capture + share!
final note to all: wishing you a fabulous NYE and an even better 2010. HAPPY NEW YEAR!