“Man plans, God laughs.”
~ Yiddish proverb
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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. I gave up on trying to do that a long time ago. Instead, I focus on one word for the year– attempting to make my one word happen in all that I do during the year.
[I adopted this idea years ago after reading this blog post by Christine Kane.]
So, this year I chose the word SMOOTH as my one word of the year. SMOOTH. As in: calm; consistent; without harshness; having no rough edges. Lovely word. Wonderful concept.
But here’s my problem, 2011 is three-fourths over and I’m not getting anywhere with my word of the year. In fact, I think that I’m doing just about the complete opposite. Things are getting rougher, more problematic, and less consistent as this year drags on.
I thought that in 2011 I’d have the inside of the house finally put back together after our years of remodeling and painting. Hasn’t happened.
I thought that in 2011 our little backyard project [understatement of the year] would be finished in a timely fashion and that we’d be having fun out there by now. Hasn’t happened.
I thought that in 2011 I’d get back into blogging and feel more connected to the world at large again. Hasn’t happened.
Instead, I’ve experienced flux & difficult endings & weird people– lots of ’em. This would not be my definition of SMOOTH.
Fortunately, I’m good at going with the flow and adapting as needed. If I was uptight and took myself more seriously, I’d be in a heap of hurt right about now. But I’m not and I don’t.
I do have to wonder, though. If I say that for the rest of 2011 my one word is unSMOOTH, will God laugh and make my life SMOOTH? ‘Cause if that’s the trick to getting what I want this year, I will be a contrarian and do that. Just watch me.
unSMOOTH. unSMOOTH. unSMOOTH. 😉