As I prep for travel teaching, in order to get everything done, I realize that I create deadlines for myself. You know how sometimes a word, a common word that you use everyday, suddenly just sounds funny? So I looked up the origin of "deadline":
What is a DEADLINE?
It orginates from the american civil war:
Confederate captain Walter Bowie wrote: "On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night, under penalty of being shot."
Do you have a deadline? How does it feel?
So.....I'm working on finding a better word for it: goal, target, aspiration, objective, intention.....okay, I'm obviously still working on it. But somehow the old word just no longer fits into my plans for a slower and simpler life.