These are my personal discoveries of the year:
- "The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention."
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
- Imprecise speech causes confusion and delay.
- There can be a difference between what is important and what is urgent.
- It's helpful to leave a little something left over in the tank.
- Rolling areas of focus can be more effective than annual goals.
- “The essence of economy lies not in savings, but in selection.”
(supposedly Edmund Burke)
- Less really can be more. I’ve shed many extraneous possessions and commitments lately and have found more capacity to think, focus, and simply be at rest and enjoy life.
- Board games can be incredibly fun, and we are likely in a golden age of smart, balanced games. Past a deep Scrabble love, I’ve been enjoying the entry-level Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan this year and am looking forward to trying even more new games in 2014.
- Regarding the holidays: it will all get done, and this year will never come again, so we might as well stop worrying and enjoy it.
(paraphrasing a few Mary Schmich columns)
- You can't simply blow up a dead whale and hope the problem will go away.