The final month of the year is a busy season for many people. Whether end of year work pressures, an avalanche of holiday parties, travel, or some combination thereof, most of us face a certain level of anxiety as December arrives. For me, December 1 is the moment I realize I have little time left to accomplish the grand plans I laid out so excitedly at the beginning of the year. It is when I must acknowledge the projects I was putting off until I had "more time" have yet to be started.
In previous years, I have responded to this recognition by diving into the stubbornly static projects, plans, and goals, determined to check them off the list before the end of the year. But by adopting this mindset, I neither enjoyed the process nor tapped into the enthusiasm that provided my initial motivation. So this December, I am instead stopping the frenzy before it starts. I am allowing myself to let go of certain plans and projects that no longer resonate and leaving open the possibility of carrying some with me into the new year. Rather than clinging to the need to be "finished," I am prioritizing the life in front of me: singing one more song with my daughter before bed, taking an extra yoga class, spending time in the kitchen.
Can you stop rushing and live the rest of your year more fully?