Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Little Word

My sister posted about the 'one little word' concept last year, and I noticed she was doing it again this year. I had struggled back and forth with what my resolution would be this year because there are so many things I'm working on; training for and completing a marathon (huge!), working on one knitting project at a time (I tend to get ahead of myself), getting my house organized (and staying that way), signing up for at least one race a month from March to November, by which time I hope to have shed the last 50 pounds I still want to, and be knocked up again. Be a present and mindful mother and wife instead of someone who's just 'there' a lot. Make healthful meal choices for myself and my family, even when the chinese take-out menus and pizza delivery boys are singing to me, at least five days a week.

How to sum that all up in one resolution? I know! How about instead of trying to use lots of words, I'll just pick one. There will be a lot of roadblocks, and excuses along the way I'm quite sure, but in the end I want to cross that finish line, bind off one by one, and most of all, be a good example to my kids about how you can have what you want if you're willing to work for it in spite of all the things that make what you want really, really hard to get. But more importantly, that you can still have a life outside of your goals.

My husband is the inspiration for this word as whatever he sets out to do, he gets it done. He read the entire Shelby Foote Civil War series line by line, page by page in the space of less than a year. That's a million and a half words on over three thousand pages. He completed Ranger School, and then hung around with those boys for another four years. He muscled through eleven years of higher education to get his first 'real' job. He's becoming quite the accomplished 'car stealer' on Grand Theft Auto (okay, so I won't count that one). He's been married to me for almost eight years, for crying out loud; I bet he'll say that one was the hardest. Perseverance folks.

And this year, I'm gonna get mine. Perseverance.

5 comments:

Janice said...

You already do all those things and so much more. I know you will accomplish all you set out to do. Happy New Year!

Sally HP said...

You're too kind. I only pretend to do them...now I need to do them for real :)

Kim M. said...

My friend, you are SO inspiring for everything that you already do! Go for the bling of it! Yah! Thanks for keeping your aspirations real, and for sharing that it's not always easy. You're not alone who feels that way sometimes, that is for sure. Just keep moving, you'll get there :)

That Girl said...

What a great word. I love it. I have no doubt that you'll live up to the word and I look forward to reading about the journey.

The Caffeinated Mommy said...

I love the idea of summing up all resolutions in one little (but huge!) word! Way to go!