I have decided that 2015 will be the year of the wall calendar. On January 1st I proudly displayed my new Save the Manatee wall calendar next to my desk, a first in I don’t know how many years. Growing up, there was always a wall calendar in prominent display in our kitchen, with every appointment, birthday, and reminder marked down for public viewing. The calendar was the hub of the household. One glance and everyone knew what was happening (or should be happening) with every member of the family. Each scratched out appointment, glittered birthday sticker, or circled date created varying levels of eagerness and excitement. Then along came electronic organizers, Google calendar, Smart Phone reminder apps, and eventually the ability to share contact and schedule information at the ruby slipper like “tap” of two phones coming together. Modern technology had made its unwavering mark and the wall calendar began to slowly fall absent from day to day life.
I realize some may argue that electronic calendars are by far the more simple means of posting reminders and “to do’s”. Nonetheless, if I’ve learned one thing in my journey to simple, it’s that recreating simplicity has more to do with the process of reconnecting than anything else. A reconnection with self, others, objects, and environment. With wall calendars on the soon-to-be-extinct list, I figured they deserved a shot in making a comeback.
So as I did oh so many years ago, I started this year by sitting down and going month by month marking important dates and noteworthy reminders on my crisp new wall calendar. Sure it may be easier to type in each item and click “repeat” where it then magically appears for the entire year, but this time I’m mindfully choosing the more hands on approach. Besides, there’s nothing like the anticipation at the end of the month when it comes time to turn the page – and see a new picture.
Long live the wall calendar!