I am owning my word, Pace. My one little word (OLW) of 2013. I see its importance and purpose in so many places now. I notice I am doing things that require pacing myself with more motivation.
- I started knitting a scarf about two or more weeks ago. I have about a third of it complete. I do a little or a lot each night. I am not concerned about the nights I only complete one row because I am one row closer to wearing it on these cold Michigan days.
- I started running again. This is something I have started and stopped frequently in my lifetime. Wanting to BE a runner turns into too much pressure. So instead I am just trying to pace myself and run...be ME instead.
- I wanted to set a reading goal for 2013, but I have never done that before. I wasn't sure where to start. Then I decided instead of setting a goal I would keep track of my reading instead. How many new picture books, professional books, novels, journal articles, poetry, etc. can I read in one year? I figure by keeping track I will inevitably be driven to reach certain numbers as I see them approaching. Then, maybe in 2014 I will be better prepared to set a goal.
Pace isn't just about slowing down
it is about recognizing when to slow down
when to speed up
when to be quiet
when to speak up
when to reflect
and when to let go
it is about everything around me
I want to notice the pace of life.