New Year resolutions are so last year (phew, I suck at them). Rather, the trend is to set yourself a single word, theme or intention to guide your year. My theme for 2017 is “slow not lazy”. I could have chosen “slow”, but I didn’t. Here’s why.
The negative connotations of slow (slack, sluggish, tiresome, stupid – there are many), combined with the glorification of busyness, leaves the term open to misinterpretation. So, unfortunately, I feel slow as a lifestyle aspiration needs some qualification. Distinguishing slow from lazy highlights the characteristics I seek to cultivate – deliberate, measured and unhurried.
In part, “slow not lazy” is a personal affirmation that it’s okay to live slow. It also reflects the statement I want to make to the world in how I live my life. I plan to be active and productive in a very deliberate way. While I’m open to opportunities, I intend to avoid being sucked into the whirlwind of others’ agendas.
At the same time, “slow not lazy “acknowledges that, at times, life will get busy. There will be hours, days, weeks or months full of activity. That’s okay, slow does not mean idle. Rather, it’s a challenge to design my life with space for being as well as doing, and to bring a slow mindset to everything I do.
Have you set a theme or intention for the year? I’d love to hear what you chose and why.