Over at ZenHabits today, there's a post called 12 Essential Rules to Live More Like A Zen Monk. He publishes his blog like it's self-help and/or pop psychology, which diminishes, slightly, the true value of what he says ... really, the bits he shares are simple and powerful.
I keep forgetting my New Year's Resolutions: To do one thing at a time, to think of one thing at a time, to focus quietly. To just breathe and be.
When I sit down to write, I manage this flow. 'Course, it can also take me up to an hour to actually sit down, LOL. When I think about writing, the business? Writing, my career? Writing, what next? Not so much.
The hardest person to hear, for me, is myself. I can worry loudly enough, but I have trouble sitting down, being quiet, and listening to myself.
But there's also a line. I worry about the election. I get pissed off about China and Africa, China and China, China and the world, China and Tibet (which doesn't even make CNN's front page??? Hello???). I stress about the economy and gas prices. I say I'm absent-minded because I live in my story-world for most of the day, but I also worry about my students for at least an hour or two a day, sometimes all night when I'm trying to sleep.
The worry is too much. There's some sort of line. I can't make the whole world better, and I'm not convinced my worrying is productive, anyway (well, the worry about the students does help). I can only do my part. I wish I had volunteered some time for my candidate, like my best friend did. I wish I had more money to give to various causes and issues. I wish I had the time to start up this fantastic program in my community. I haven't ruled it out completely, but ...
On the other hand, if I work harder now, then I will have more time and money to share, later. But what if later never comes?
All of life is a balance, I guess. I just have to stop, listen, and breathe. Hear what is my next most important step, right now.
Are you a worrier? How are your New Year's Resolutions?