31 Days, 31 prompts… and it’s December 15th. I’m going to play a bit of catch up, which means I’m going to be brief.
December 1 – One Word
If I were to encapsulate all of 2010 into one word… That word would be:
Twenty-Ten seemed like another year – another year of growing and people growing around me. The world constantly changes and I have had to change with it in my own way.
December 2 – Writing
The prompt on this day was “What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?”
I don’t think of myself as a writer, and I honestly don’t do enough of it. But if there was one thing that could be eliminated in order to further improve my life and my creativity, it would be to not spend as much time wasting time. Sometimes hours fall off the clock when I am on Youtube (or some other site) some evenings. Really? That’s the best use of my time?
December 3 – Moment
The one moment that I felt most alive…
When my brother got married. Being around so many people who I know and love made this a fantastic experience. I can’t even imagine how my brother felt.
December 4 – Wonder
“How did you cultivate a sense of wonder this year?”
Simply by being open and accepting of many new experiences.
December 5 – Let Go
“What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?”
My first thought when reading this question was that I was incredibly lucky to not lose anyone important to me over the course of 2010. So, while this question could be a heavy one. It’s not so bad.
A few days ago, I cleaned out my phone and took 50 or so people out of my contact list. I’m sure that the majority of them will reappear in my life sometime, but they won’t be receiving a phone call from me anytime soon.
December 6 – Make
“What was the last thing you made?”
(I’m being totally serious when I say this) I made some vegetable juice this morning for breakfast. This included cucumbers, tomatoes, and a pepper. I take my food very seriously.
December 7 – Community
“Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010?”
My job is to create community every year with the group that I supervise. But to answer this question on a personal level, it was building my community within Beachbody. “Decide, Commit, Succeed”.
December 8 – Beautifully Different
I’m reserving this one for its own post.
December 9 – Party
The best party of the year was my brother getting married. Nothing else even comes close.
December 10 – Wisdom
My wisest decision of the year?
Oooo…. Toughest question so far. And it’s one that I can’t answer.
My 2010 was not all that special to me, nor was it all that bad. It was just kind of there. When I think of this question, I think of a decision that would send vibrations throughout the rest of my life or for some significant time period. I just don’t think that I’ve made a decision like that. There have been many lack of decisions that will do that, but nothing that I can say, “Great decision, Brian! You will look back and think that that was something that put you on another level.” A bit depressing, but such is life. It’s also something that I most want to change in 2011.
December 11 – Things
“What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011?”
1 – More stuff. I’d be happy to improve on some things I have, but I don’t want to accumulate things and have my volume of the things that I own to go up. I’m going to have to institute the 1 in 1 out philosophy.
2 – Jealousy (not that I am jealous often, but it brings me down and everyone around me as well)
3 – Negativity (“)
4 – Complaining (“)
5 – Sweets (I want to cut down even more)
6 – Stagnation – I turn 30 in less than 10 days, so it’s time to get my life moving.
7 – More information – I need to learn how to tune a lot of things out.
8 – Another show to watch. I have my 3, thank you very much.
9 – More ways to divert my attention. I don’t have ADD, but sometimes I feel like I do.
10 – More time at in my apartment – I need to get out more.
11 – More of the same
December 12 – Body Integration
“This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?”
Honestly, probably when I was doing Hot Yoga for my first, and thus far only, time. My body was working hard and I sweat more than I thought it was possible to sweat during a yoga workout.
December 13 – Action
“When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?”
To make something happen. I’d love to expand on this one, but I would need more than a few lines.
December 14 – Appreciate
“What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year?”
This has been and will continue to be my family.
December 15 – 5 Minutes
“Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.”
Family time (wedding, reunion, Thanksgiving), the time with my friends (that was ever so brief), and how amazing life can be.