Waaaaay back in January, I chose Mindful for my One Word for 2019. My word took on some variations….Mind Full and, Mindfulness accompanied Mindful to round out the year’s focus.
How’d I do? Well, 2019 was a very full year. Entrepreneur and I went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in June, took the grand girls on a road trip to Mount Rushmore in August, and squeezed a trip to Hermann a Missouri Wine Tour between the two. All pieced around his immunotherapy sessions and doctor appointments. We were able to get away for a couple shorter trips as well.
I took Peanut on a road trip to see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, Missouri, where we walked through the house she and her husband, Almonzo, built for their family in 1913.
All good opportunities to be mindful of the experiences by paying attention to my surroundings and enjoying the company of those present with me. As with a previous word, Present, I tried to make sure I was being mindful of my grand girls when I was with them so not to miss a single moment.
Was I mindful of what came out of my mouth? For the most part. I think I tried. There were a few fails because sometimes words fall out of my mouth faster than my brain can process the ramifications. I did try and make a conscious effort not to participate in any social media political pi**ing wars on Facebook….even though there always seems to be opportunities ripe for the taking in that arena. I tried to remain above board and concentrate on positive posts. I did have to unfriend and block a person after he threatened me over one controversial post that slipped into the mix. I really don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. I wish him well and sincerely hope he finds peace and balance in his life.
What did I fill my mind with this year? Normally, I take a couple women’s bible studies a year, trying to be mindful of what I need at that time. This year I continued with a second Jen Wilken study of Genesis over chapters 12-50. This fall, I signed up for a study on Jesus’ Bible, which was a very intensive walk through the Torah (yes, even Leviticus). On top of those two, our church began a message series on….yes….you guess it….GENESIS. So, I got the divine message I was suppose to spend an inordinate amount of time in Genesis this year. And, I’m so happy I did. I believe I have a much better and more expanded view of this ancient cosmology genre than ever before. Go ahead…ask me anything!
Sometimes I think I fill my mind with too many things. It certainly seems so at 2am when I wake up with thoughts running amuck in my brain. Eventually, my mind empties out and I return to my dreams….which is a whole ‘nuther story. 🙂
All in all, I think this year’s focus went well. In a few days, I’ll be selecting my One Word for 2020 and start
the process my focus all over again.
I wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve and all the best for 2020!