Well, I’m more than one month into the year, one month into practicing my New Year’s Intention to “choose ease.” Back in December 2011, my radio show guest, Bette George, invited me and all of those listening to set an intention for the New Year. (Note: she invited us to set an intention, rather than a resolution.) I set the intention of “choosing ease” in 2012. By this, I meant that every single day, I would attempt to choose the simplest and easiest solutions to the day’s challenges, rather than choosing the “best” or “highest” or most elaborate ones. I wanted to challenge myself to stop striving to do the best ever job of everything and relax into finding simpler, easier and more satisfying approaches and solutions.
One month later, I find that this intention is fun to live! Sometimes, choosing ease means serving spaghetti sauce from the jar rather than making it from scratch. Sometimes, it means saying no to projects that require complex delivery or lots of uninspiring travel. Sometimes, it simply means letting someone else take the lead and concerning myself less with making sure that all t’s are crossed and all i’s are dotted, so to speak.
What would happen in your life if you chose ease instead of most-effort-highest-standards striving? I’d love to know the intention you’d like to set for 2012.