2023 – Be Focused, Be Disciplined and Be Kind

beagle looking at a biscuit with 2023 on the bottom

I promised myself I’d get back again on the bandwagon promptly this 12 months, and get cracking with blogging as the calendar year gets off to a commence. Composing and giving my thoughts on items I’ve experimented with, or just chatting into the ether is a thing I’ve been carrying out for around 15 a long time, and realistically, I don’t feel I’ll be halting just still 🙂

I on the other hand failed in this resolution, for the reason that daily life decided to arrive at me challenging and rapid in the kind of rebuilding my little company and to bring it back again to everyday living. Even now, every thing needs difficult function, so which is some thing I’ll just take as part and parcel of mastering and rising 🙂

While I really don’t make resolutions, I do try to have a little mantra to are living by for the 12 months. For this calendar year, there are 2 – to be a little more centered and disciplined, and to be kind.

I have uncovered that when I allow matters slide, it just retains sliding. Newton’s Second Legislation of Motion unquestionably has reality in it, irrespective of whether basically or figuratively.

When matters are coasting, they do have a tendency to coastline alongside fairly nicely. But when the wheels grind to a halt, it requires a fantastic amount of money a lot more hard work to get began once again.

So, this is me, grinding up the wheels yet again, to kickstart the movement for running a blog, in any case 🙂

But I have also realised that it will take a lot of self-control and concentrate to get any where. I had that self-discipline and concentration a couple of years again, when thoughts popped into my head from the ether, and words flew out of my fingers, seemingly without the need of energy. And then, lifetime received in the way, and gradually, that inertia was shed, and slowly almost everything floor to a halt.

It was not just in running a blog, it was in a variety of issues. It was in tiny things like housekeeping, or cooking, or even in huge items like managing do the job. I’ve felt off-kilter for a whilst, and out of focus, but it is time to pull myself collectively and regain concentrate and clarity. And that usually takes self-discipline.

I’m starting up by decluttering my house, which is opportune with the Chinese New Yr coming up, and also, in reducing time-squandering. The latter for me, signifies expending a lot less time on social media.

I designed a acutely aware final decision to step back again from social media, as I found it to be a black hole of time-throwing away. I uncovered that my concentrate was obtaining shorter and I would get distracted more simply. I feel it’s due to the quantity of shorter bursts of facts we are bombarded with each individual time we scroll our timelines. It doesn’t really encourage us to linger and assume, but to just scroll and hold scrolling and reacting.

These days, I consider a swift look through just to capture up on information or troubles, then prevent. I do this when I have a tiny time in among duties, so I really don’t conclude up getting sucked into that vortex whilst I’m in the middle of some thing. I consider not to keep way too numerous tabs open up on my browser even though I’m in the middle of ‘work’, so I don’t come to feel that need to look at, and be distracted by other points.

I have also begun employing a planner once again, to support me program my emphasis better.

So much, it has gradually served me to refocus on what’s crucial, and to get matters performed additional rapidly and successfully. I’m nonetheless acquiring there, so this is anything I’m doing work on.

Some people locate that environment a timer on their phone can help them with this. I personally choose not to be extremely dependant on my mobile phone, so it is some thing I prepare myself to do. I obtain the telephone to be far too considerably of a distraction in and of by itself, so it’s one thing I want to distance myself from.

In the method of stepping absent from the black hole of social media, I have seen how cruel or judgmental people today can be in the guise of anonymity. People today are rapid to judge a stranger’s steps, words or images, devoid of hunting at context or the situation, or even without having recognizing the entire story.

At the same time, I see many others of specific social standing harnessing social media for very good, to support their neighborhood local community, and the underprivileged and they do this whilst many others criticize or gripe at their social standing. These men and women get me a large amount of regard for them, and it reveals in the blessings they receive in their existence.

So, I made the decision that my other mantra this yr is to be form in terms, thoughts and deeds. I would try out to not be extremely judgmental or cruel about other people. I’d check out to search at context and situations right before declaring some thing that could possibly be construed as indicate. I’d like to try to remember my have privilege, and to bear in mind that people respond differently in distinct circumstances, and that we are all at distinctive levels of our lives and journeys.

I don’t have to display up another person’s detrimental part, in get to be beneficial, and I really do not have to ride on another’s misfortunes to make myself sense better. I do not have to compare myself to anyone, and I do not have to imagine I’m undertaking even worse or am lesser than anybody else.

I just have to be variety to others and to myself.

So that’s how I’m heading into 2023 – with a minor a lot more target and clarity, and with a reminder to be variety.

May perhaps this year be an remarkable 1 for you as well 🙂


Paris B