This year, I chose the word FOCUS as my "one little word."
It's been a very good word for me. Although I haven't done even "one little prompt" from the official program, I have been thinking about focus (both in general and my own, in particular) all the time. I've readjusted my focus, changed lenses, re-focused, taken a broader view, zoomed in . . . you name it, if it has to do with focusing, I've done it. Or thought about it.
Something I've discovered in my "focusing" work this year . . . is that I make better decisions when I take the time to ask myself one simple question: WHY?
If I can build in a . . . pause . . . between the thought (of doing something, buying something, committing to something, quitting something) and my action, I can focus on what it is, exactly, that I'm doing (or undoing, or getting myself into). By being intentional about really understanding my motives, I can make better decisions for myself.
So when I'm considering taking on a new commitment, or stepping away from an existing commitment, or making a purchase, I ask myself WHY, and then I listen to my answers.
If I end up with more than one or two reasons that make sense to me (I really want to spend more time with that group of people, for example, or I have wanted to learn more about [insert topic here] for a long time, or I really need to replace my black cardigan), then I'm more confident that I'm making a decision close to my heart.
If, however, the only reasons I can come up for doing something seem superficial or guilt-driven (a lot of other people are doing it, for example, or I have a coupon, or I probably SHOULD do it), then I know I really need to let it go.
Simple, right? I know.
(But somehow it took me 59 years to get to this discovery, so maybe it'll be news to you, too?)
And my point in all this?
Now you'll understand why I've decided not to participate in NaBloPoMo this year. (I asked myself WHY, and all I got was: I've always done it.) (So . . . nope.) (Because FOCUS).
That's the WHY of it.