Snow on and off for most of the day. Now, just past 11PM and the blizzard is kicking in. New York has been shut down like never before for a winter storm. All traffic off the streets, subway and commuter trains out of service, bridges and tunnels off limits and all parks closed. Unlike other natural disasters, like tornados and earthquakes, we’ve had a few days to plan and prepare.
This morning, while others were grabbing bread and milk and snow salt off the supermarket’s shelves, I stood in line at the butcher for a big old chicken. Tomorrow morning, after shoveling however much snow falls, I’ll take out the big pot and start the stock.
There’s nothing more calming for me than the flavors of a big pot of stock wafting throughout the house. Yarn, afternoon nap, good book, Netflix…Bed Camp time. Don’t fight it, don’t let it ruffle your feathers. Give in and just enjoy a relaxing, peaceful day at home.
The words above summarized a good friend’s thoughts about her job, after weighing the pros and cons of her current position. “For the duration…at least for now”.
That phrase stuck in my head for days. The little voice in my head just wouldn’t let it go. It’s the same little voice that urges me to make New Year’s resolutions, which I rarely do. But I’ll admit it got me thinking. What in my life could be described the same way? Was I just coasting with some things, waiting for something better to come along? Was I sticking with easy things, not taking the next steps to make some things more meaningful?
We all get into ruts sometimes, go on auto pilot, don’t spend enough time being conscious and mindful of what we’re doing and why. So, okay little voice, I have a New Year’s resolution this year.
I promise I will explore where I am in my life, prioritize the importance of things I’m doing, make lists and determine what changes have to be made, especially in my ‘at least for now’ column. I am going to give myself more time to think and dream and reflect, and imagine the kind of life I want to live ‘for the duration’.
Happy New Year!