Dzień dobry comrades!
I hope that everybody is feeling well rested and basking in some residual holiday good-cheer.
I’m back in Seattle after 9 days of sub-freezing temperatures and skiing adventures in my original stamping grounds: Colorado.
I had a total blast romping around in a winter wonderland. From skate-skiing, to telemarking, to nordic touring, I managed to do SOMETHING that lead to a ‘stache-cicle every single day.
It was phenomenal to spend time with family, see friends from college, and generally wear myself out with frosty fun.
My frozen frolic in Colorado filled up my soul with warm-fuzzy feelings. Even though my body and my brain are firmly back in Seattle, devoted to some deep Bacillus science for the next few weeks, a not-so-little piece of my heart will always belong to the Rocky Mountains.
I’m sorry for getting all misty, sentimental, and John-Denver-y on all of y’all, my gentle readers. The purpose of today’s post isn’t to ruminate on where we are NOT, but to look forward and gather our resources for the coming year ahead.
I know that today is only December 30th, which is early for resolution-making, goal-setting, and looking ahead. That’s why this post isn’t about my specific New Year’s Resolutions, per se, but rather about the New Year’s REVOLUTIONS: a set of guiding principles that I hope to apply to my life in the coming months ahead.
I’ve blogged before about the importance of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-focused. I have plenty of highly S.M.A.R.T. schemes for formal New Year’s resolutions percolating through my brain. I will delineate those at a later date when they have had a chance to fully crystalize. Today I want to talk about some vaguely-defined, but vitally important, aspirations for how I hope to conduct myself in the coming year of the goat.
My overall goal for 2015 is to live with C.H.I.
In eastern traditions, Chi is the energy and life force that drives the entire universe. In marathonsam tradition, C.H.I. is an acronym that stands for: COURAGE, HONESTY, and INTEGRITY.
It takes courage to try new things, break out of old routines, stay true to yourself, and ask for help.
No human is perfect. Nobody can accomplish everything. Striving for perfection leads to paralysis from a fear of failure. Rather than attempting the unattainable, we can aim to imbue our actions with integrity. We cannot always BE the best, but we certainly can DO our best.
Courage, Honesty, and Integrity are really all intermingled aspects of the same ideal. They are all sides of the same coin.
It takes courage to be honest, living with integrity fosters honesty, a clearly defined sense of self fosters bravery. I’m not promising perfection, I’m just trying to carve out the best version of myself that I possibly can.
I know that living with C.H.I. isn’t always easy. I will run myself into the ground, be dishonest about my limitations, sacrifice the integrity of my health and happiness, all because I lack the courage to truly take a look at my own actions. I’m not for a moment suggesting that I am an enlightened being.
What I do know is that I want to have a positive impact in the world in general. Whether that comes from scientific discovery, fundraising for a cause I believe in, a REALLY great vegan recipe, or just spreading some joie de vivre doesn’t really matter to me.
I believe that living with Courage, Honesty, and Integrity will help me make my little mark on his big world. We don’t have to shatter the Earth, but we should try to leave it in better condition than we found it.
Who’s with me? How can we live with Courage, Honesty, and Integrity? Let’s put 2K14 to bed and kick some behind in 2K15!