Remember the way that teachers used to do roll call in our grade school years? They would pull out their roster every morning and one by one go down the list, pausing momentarily for each individual to account for their own attendance by stating they were “present” or “here”.
I once had an English teacher in middle school by the name of Mrs. Greer. She was an older lady and had likely been teaching decades before I was even born . During her roll call, if you stated you were “here”, she would stare you down and continue to call your name louder each time until you announced you were “present”. When the student finally caught on and stated they were in fact “present”, she would smile and move right on.
I always thought she was just a very difficult woman set in her ways or that maybe this was some pet peeve she had. Now that I am older, I understand there is a HUGE difference in being here and being present.
“Here” refers to your location, the place of your existence. The actual location is irrelevant. Anyone can be anywhere, but when we are actively existing in the current moment, we become present. There is no point of being anywhere if you are not ALL there. That was what she was teaching us each morning without any of us realizing it. Thank you Mrs. Greer.
Normally, I just make a list of the upcoming years top ten goals for the bucket list project. The list is my roster, it is what I use to hold myself accountable.
This year is going to be a little different. YOU are going to hold me accountable. No pressure. The list itself will exist as an ongoing project, open and flexible. The goal for 2016 is being PRESENT.
This idea came to me via a fellow bloggers mention of the ONE WORD project. A new concept on New Year Resolutions to define your year by one word instead of a single goal or promise that can easily be broken. Check out the site to choose your word for the year and check out her blog too at Life Already in Progress.
Whatever your word is for the year, I hope it challenges you to achieve greater things not only in this world, but in yourself. Happy New year to you and yours!!