A new year’s resolution.

“Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters.
They never ask: ‘What does his voice sound like?’ ‘What games does he like best?’ ‘Does he collect butterflies?’.
They ask: ‘How old is he?’ ‘How many brothers does he have?’ ‘How much does he weigh?’ ‘How much money does his father make?’ Only then do they think they know him.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“The Little Prince”
Lately, I’ve felt as though I am much too serious.  When did I lose my childhood abandon?  My  love for simplicity?  My heart for quiet?
Indeed, I love the solitude of reading, the aloneness of running, and the simplicity of writing.  But, when did I become so over-committed that I lost my soul?  At times, I feel pulled in so many directions that my breath feels heavy in my chest and my eyes blur.
For the coming year, I am making a single resolution: simplify.
I want to clean out belongings that I no longer use and only clutter my existence.  I hope to rid myself of being the “yes-man”.  I yearn for time alone, time with Doug, time with my family, time to just be.
(“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” Thich Nhat Hanh is a genius.  Why didn’t I think of that?)
The last 23 years have gone by so quickly and I have not been fully engaged.  I am often separate from the moment, lost in a world of necessaries.  How can I learn to exist in the now?
This year, I resolve to practice mindfulness, to meditate, to pray, to exist in complete fullness of the moment and love of the present.  I resolve to be fully engaged with my life.

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Stacy Ennis is a best-selling author, creative consultant, and speaker, as well as the founder of Nonfiction Book School. She served as long-time ghostwriter for a Nobel Prize winner in medicine and executive editor of Sam’s Club’s Healthy Living Made Simple, a publication that reaches around 11 million readers. Stacy’s latest coauthored book is Growing Influence (Greenleaf Book Group, 2018). Stacy writes about writing (meta!), solopreneurship, location independence, travel, and living the life you want.

2 Comments

  • Robin Reply

    That sounds perfect and lovely. 🙂

  • ~*Jace and Emy*~ Reply

    I highly recommend the book “Full Catastrophe” by Kabat-Zinn. It’s about mindfullness, living in the moment, and healing stress. =)

    Carpe diem! And I’ll support you the whole way!

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