Ever since I can remember, I've loved the time between Christmas and New Years. It seems that this sacred time is for slowing down and enjoying and is a nice change from the breakneck speed of holiday preparations. Just as I do every year, I welcome this time. It's my time to integrate all that has happ ened in my life over the past year and to consider how I want to live the next year of my life.
Around this time I get a flurry of emails talking about the importance of goal setting. The word achievement is bandied about as if it were the most important thing in the world -- and don't even get me started on all of the New Year's resolution talk. I chuckle to myself because while everyone else is planning to do more, I'm conspiring to do less. My thoughts on goal-setting have been captured perfectly in this interview with Zen Habits blogger and The Power of Less author Leo Babauta. I love what he says about eliminating the non-essential. I notice that when I used to choose goals they weren't truly essential -- they were simply accomplishments I felt I needed to work towards. This year I'm looking at things differently.