Around the first of the year, I saw several people posting on Facebook that, instead of choosing to make a resolution this year, they were, instead, going to select a word for the year that meant something to them and which they could use all year.
The idea appealed to me!
I spent an hour or so talking to my friend Susan about what word to select... I am, and always have been, a procrastinator. There, I said it out loud!
Many of my friends will attest to this (yes, I know you're laughing!)...
So, my thought was that I needed to tackle this habit and see what, if anything I could do to change it.
As Susan and I putzed around on the Internet, we found there really ISN'T an antonym for the word "procrastination".
So, what to do, what to do?
We ran across an article that, among other things, suggested the word ALACRITY.
OK, but what does it mean? Well, here's the definition I found that was the most succinct:
Synonyms: alertness, avidity, briskness, cheerfulness, dispatch, eagerness, enthusiasm, expedition, fervor, gaiety, hilarity, joyousness, promptitude, quickness, readiness, speed, sprightliness, willingness, zeal
So, I decided that will be my word for the year...
Now, remember, this is something I'm WORKING on, OK - not something I've yet accomplished!
So, I decided I needed to make a banner with this word on it and hang it in my Stampin' Garage as a reminder that I'm still a Work In Progress (WIP)...
I finally finished it about 2 weeks ago and hung it above the door going from the Stampin' Garage into the house.
Wanna see it?
Yeh, I know you can see all my laundry products as well, but, hey, they've been there for 25 years, so they must work there!
Here are individual pictures of each of the letters in the banner. I spent a lot of time creating this, investing myself into it, in hopes some of its meaning would rub off on me! And I'm very pleased with the outcome!
Something else we learned as we surfed the Web - (Susan and I are both very alike in our procrastination habit!) - some people, rather than being procrastinators are INCUBATORS...
Meaning, they THINK about what they want to do and how to do it, but never put "pen to paper" (if you will) until the last minute because they're creating it in their mind, first... And, at the last minute, because they've created it in their mind, it's no big deal to finish and be very happy with the results!
We both decided we liked that word instead of procrastinator! LOL
So - are you a procrastinator? Or are you one of those people who pack in January for a trip in July? I have at least one friend who is like that (Hi Roxy!) and she just doesn't "get it" that Susan and I wait til the last minute to do things like pack bags and make swaps and make plane reservations...
But, even though we wait til the last minute, somehow we get 'er done! And sometimes, because we've waited, we get better prices on things than if we'd done it several months before!
Taking a vote here - do you procrastinate? Leave me a comment!
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