I first stumbled across the idea of mindfulness, while looking into a magazine called Flow (Joe still giggles every time I mention the magazine and its name). Flow is a magazine that focuses on a love of paper, and has become one of my favorite reads. One of the main themes of the articles is mindfulness. Since that first encounter with the idea, I have been seeing it pop up more and more. It was a focus at my school where we had a few days of mindfulness training this winter. Another one of my favorite magazines, The Magnolia Journal, featured mindfulness last spring.
In Defense of Paper
I have been thinking a lot about how I spend my time recently. How to make the most of my time and make my hours count; and how to feel proud of what I have done and accomplished at the end of the day or week. Time is precious, and it is so easy to let “stuff” take up more time than it is probably worth. I started thinking about this while talking to a friend about all the notes I have given her, and other friends over the years. We had a thoughtful conversation about texting, and it led me to writing the following piece.
For a while and a variety of reasons, I have been a little down. I could not get out of my head. I was trapped obsessing on all the bad in each day. I was so intensely concentrating on what was wrong, I forgot to find joy in my days....
I love, like really love lists and plans. it’s probably the teacher in me, but they give me joy, a sense of control, comfort, and even excitement. I find joy in everything about lists: I love to create them, I love to check off items from them, I even love just looking at them and seeing all the potential and productivity they have to offer.
I love fresh starts, second chances, and new opportunities; that is part of the reason I love teaching so much. Every fall I get a new chance to start everything fresh, and every ten weeks the students get a fresh start with a new quarter. The biggest fresh start for me is New Years. My love for resolutions knows no bounds. I find so much comfort in admitting that I am flawed, and these are the steps I am taking to improve myself this year.