Every year my husband, Larry, and I travel to a quiet place and write our goals for the coming year. About a month prior to this “meeting” I start thinking about what I want to focus on for the coming year. This year, 2010, is going to be all about simplifying. We are in Sundance, Utah today. This resort is the manifestation of Robert Redford’s dream and vision about a sustainable resort that promotes the arts, nature and incredible dining. The resort IS simplicity and an example of what happens when the focus is on just a couple of things done extremely well. It is always inspiring to be here and the perfect place for reflection. We checked in last night and there are always in room magizines focusing on organic and natural living. It was KISMET! The magazine “Natural Home” (a magazine I would normally never pick up) was called “The Simplicity Issue” and was dedicated to “paring down and living more”. I loved the article about the guy in Iowa who built a 140 sq foot house and how it changed his life for the better. He lost weight, improved his career and met the woman of his dreams. It reminded me of when I lived on a sailboat for a few years in the early 1990’s. Those were some of the best times in my life–even though my corporate management position forced me to wear a business suit on most days.
Here is the quote from “Natural Home’s” editor that I am going to use as my inspiration for 2010 “When we clear away the physical and mental clutter that gums up our lives, we can focus our energy and resources on what really matters: friends, family, activities we are passionate about. Letting go of commitments and stuff we don’t really care about is a gift greater than gold–and an ability worth cultivating.” There you have it.
When Larry and I sit down this morning to pen this year’s goals, I am going to look at that quote and adjust my goals accordingly.