In 2010, I learned (yet again) that I can say no and the world will not come to an end. On one banner day, I actually said no to three things. Unfortunately, I did not learn that lesson as completely as I should have and still said yes to too many things: committees, conference presentations, blogs, new courses, articles, etc., etc. The worst is that I sometimes find things to do on my own — without anyone’s having to ask me. There’s a reason I’m home sick two days before Christmas — it’s calling doing too much.
That brings me to what I am going to try to do in 2011: say no more often. That, and I would really like to finally read Ulysses. I tried to get through Rousseau’s Julie this year, but damn, that is one dull book. Here’s hoping Joyce is better. Of course, I could take the easy way out and just read the Twitter version.
Note: This is my response to the #reverb10 prompts for December 17 and 18. #reverb10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. The December 17 prompt is: “Lesson learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?” and the December 18 prompt is: “Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?”