This morning, all the usual gigantic coffee cups were in the dishwasher, so I grumbled and took a lovely but rather tiny cup made by a talented potter, a good friend of my sister's. Somehow the act of sipping coffee from that small cup made each mouthful seem more precious. Rather than a seemingly bottomless well of coffee, there was a finite amount (which actually stayed hot). And having to get up three times as often to refill the cup made me a little more cognoscente of just how much coffee I was actually ingesting.
In light of that revelation, I am going to try to take the time to appreciate things, to be fully engaged in the moment. If this means I have to curtail the rampant multi-tasking, then so be it.
A character in a John Irving novel (I think it was The Hotel New Hampshire) once explained his success at body building by stating that you have to remain obsessed. There is some truth in that; it's easier to be successful at something when you maintain a certain degree of obsession. It's what drives you to improve.
So I intend to actively cultivate an obsession with the good things in life, with those things that are good for me. Friends, family, music, writing, art, exercise, my so-called career, they will get my full attention.
This could take some work, but I am going to actively try to shut off those voices in my head when I am listening to someone else. Those voices that are ten steps down the road already, babbling away about what needs to be done and did I turn the stove off. They are always trying to drawing my attention away from is actually being said. From now on, those voices are just going to have to wait until the conversation is done. It might just help me beat this ADHD that I suspect I have as well.
Looking back on this list, I realise these are sort of lame resolutions. Nothing concrete, nothing measurable. But so be it. I'm not going to obsess over that.
How are you doing with your resolutions, if you made any?