Some of you may remember my vow from 2014 to go Unplugged. While I set my bar high to not watch TV or entertain myself electronically for the entire year, I must confess that I didn’t reach my goal. Before the thirty lashings begin, let me say that I’m happy I didn’t keep my New Year’s resolution. A lot of people set new goals for themselves and by this time (May) of the year, they either have met their goal and are keeping it going or they have given up somewhere around February. For those that fall in the latter category, a usual kind of guilt may set in. Unless, however, the perception is shifted as a lesson to learn more about oneself, as I have.
The fact that I set a goal for myself and I announced it to the world (ummm, the other person who reads this blog) puts me out there for all to see and shouts that I too am human. I make mistakes but most importantly I learned from my mistakes.
I learned that I needed to make better use of my time that involved activities that didn’t need electricity. I learned that my dependence on technology has become some what of a helpful hindrance. Helpful to know that my cup has yet to be full and I am still open to being better than I was before. What I mean to say is; it was a reminder that I have evolved into a tech dependent toad on a log out of tune with reality. I get lost in internet space if I’m not careful when surfing the never ending waves of information highway that is easily accessible to my fingertips. I learned to become more mindful of this numbing occurrence and began to look for other ways to feed my inner desire to pass the time away. Sleep became my best friend; along with eating and cooking (another hobby of mine). Reading books became a recurrent activity; that is real books where you have to turn the pages to get that papyrus feel.
Although I didn’t stay true to the unplugged status, I did watch TV and use the internet a lot less than I would have had I not made this goal for myself. I even managed to stay off of Facebook for the entire year. No posts, no private messages, no likes, nothing, except to maintain my Facebook page of the same name as this blog. I look at these as mini successes along the way, instead of looking at the entire picture as a complete failure. This is important to realize when setting a goal. A big global picture may be formulated in one’s mind but little successes can add up and can eventually lead to the original goal. The mini successes count and should be celebrated along the way.
I actually walked away from 2014 a little more happier knowing that I lost a bit of my couch potatoeness. This year I didn’t set a goal for myself except to be better than I was last year.
How about you? Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Did you keep it?