A month ago, I wrote Presence Month — a call to action to live more deliberately. I’d recommend reading that, to make sense of this. This follow-up post is another prettied up journal entry that I wasn’t sure would see the light. What follows are my ups and downs this month and some tips for those on the same path.

There are two competing narratives for how this month has gone:

1. It was a wash.

It all kind of fell apart halfway through the month. I broke a good meditation streak, then just… stopped. Despite knowing it was a priority, it was easy to come up with something else that needed doing more immediately. I did continue to give more of myself to my wife when she came home from work, but eventually I’d have my face buried in a screen until I realized it was time for bed. At work, Pomodoros were used sporadically at best and my attention continues to be stretched in several directions as a project reaches its deadline.

2. It was the perfect place to start.

What was I expecting? A perfectly present month? A lot of really great things came out of the extra attention to my attention:

Some Takeaways

Presence Experiments

I’ve learned that living more deliberately looks like different things to different people. I met David Kircos, another like-minded presence-seeker after publishing the last post. We brainstormed up a few ideas — try whatever sounds interesting and see what floats your boat.

Any other ideas come to mind?

PS — Happy holidays! 🎄🕎🎉

Author of Redux in Action: http://bit.ly/redux-in-action. Python/JavaScript developer at the Ethereum Foundation.

Author of Redux in Action: http://bit.ly/redux-in-action. Python/JavaScript developer at the Ethereum Foundation.