Monday, January 3, 2011
To 2011: More Cowbell
It's a new year, a new week, a new day.
Yesterday Marie Ennis O'Connor asked her readers what three words they'd choose for 2011. I was on my way to a meeting and couldn't stop to write, but I hastily tweeted one word: distill. Less is more in life and work.
Let me explain. Public enemy number one for most of us in our work lives is distraction. Hit one too many Twitter links and suddenly your most productive work hours have passed you by. So to get my work accomplished staying focused is essential. That way I can move forward with my work and stay connected with my Twitter and Survivor communities.
And something else. This past year I realized that more than half of my life is over. t's a compelling recognition, a sobering one, and ultimately liberating. I know what I'm about. Being engaged in meaningful work in the cancer and advocacy arena is my biggest priority. Yes, there are literally mountains I want to physically climb and places I'd love to visit, but at the end of the day helping to serve women with cancer is my greatest joy.
You're familiar with the great phrase "more cowbell?" Well, here's to more joy. I can tell you that you'll find more when you pare you life down to what matters most. Romp in the snow play, skip through streams laugh until you cry. By giving up the fluff you get to go for the gusto. Trust me.
I think the world of all of you. Your loyalty, your continued awesome comments and insights, are the best Christmas gift I could have ever imagined. Here's to you,