Important vs. Urgent
I am back. I am back from too many classes. Back from extreme stress and intense husband missing. Back from holiday gorging. I have spent the last two weeks without phone or internet on a windswept mountainside in Idaho loving and being loved by my extended family. I did not think about work. I did not think about school. I did not think about much of anything except how much I love Brian, my step-sons and my girls, and how cool it was to get to know the people who have played a part in making Brian the wonderful man that he is.
We accomplished very little in terms of checklists. For once, the important got pushed in front of the urgent. We did stuff like zoom down an icy sledding hill screaming our lungs out and laughing until we almost peed. Grill perfectly aged steaks. Light a huge bonfire with a mega blowtorch. Shoot guns. Play checkers. Roast marshmallows. Air box. Make decisions about Life and Family and Grad School pacing. None of it was urgent, but it was deeply important.
So I’m back. I am ready to wipe the proverbial white board clean, crack open a new calendar/budget/organizational system and go all probiotic and P90X on someone’s (my) 2012 ass.
I find that each year has a rhythm… an ebb and flow of motivation and energy. Somehow, even though the seasons in Kenya are measured in dust and rain, I feel the chrome-crisp energy of this new year stretching before me clean and cold. This year I resolve to let the important beat out the urgent–at least some of the time.
2012: Let’s do this thing!