Never leave the bathtub running and always choose one word for the New Year
I was tired. The thought of a warm bath, sounded relaxing.
I started the water running, then I went downstairs for a few minutes to write. After I wrote, I washed a few dishes, then painted in my studio, and moved a few boxes in the basement.
Then I heard water running. Then I was running.
There was two inches of water on the floor and the water was running over the top of the tub.
My first thought was: Do I run and get my camera or run and get a towel? A photograph of the water running over the top and would be so dramatic.
I turned off the water and threw towels all over the floor.
Water dripped through the floor and went along the seams on the ceiling drywall in the living room, and dripped from the light in the laundry room. Thankfully I didn’t stay in the basement painting or I wouldn’t have heard the water running.
Did you choose a word this year? A word to focus on, a goal to reach for.
Did you choose something positive to strive for this year? Sometimes people focus on a negative trait they want to overcome. Instead of focusing on the negative, be postive, choose a word that symbolized a goal.
Can you guess my word for this year?
Is my word Bathtub? Water? Run? Mess?
No, keep guessing.
Is my word “Towel?” No, it is not towel. My word is:
Yes, my word is focus. I want to pay particular attention to what I am doing.
The other word I want to add this year is FINISH.
Because I can’t focus, the bathtub runs over, I run around the house cleaning seven litter boxes, forgetting where I put my hammer, leaving my paint brushes to dry out, and never finishing anything.
I had to wash all of my towels, I used up all of the hot water, and I couldn’t take a bath for hours until the water heater warmed up more water. All because I couldn’t focus.
Did you pick one word for the year? Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.
Here are several articles that talk about alternatives to making a New Years Resolution. I hope they are helpful.
Rewriting Resolutions & Choosing One Word at (in)courage: home for the hearts of women
Why You Shouldn’t Bother With Resolutions This Year by Jeff Goins at Goinswriter.com
Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions — They Do This Instead by Eric T. Wagner at Forbes
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.