Sunday, January 2, 2011
It’s Here, It’s Now, It’s MMXI
Along with the coming of a new year, we’ve had a change in the weather, a sudden return to winter after a few days of spring at the end of December 2010. There are several days of low 20-degree temperatures and snow in our immediate future, but because I have a few images left from the warm afternoon of December 31, I’m posting them today.
Without making a formal list of resolutions, I had a few things in mind toward the end of December, projects and room for improvement, and feel I’ve gotten a decent start on the new year so far, a day and a half into it.
Write more letters: I’ve been writing letters every day since December 25, and it feels good.
Set up schedule for writing fiction: The official starting date I gave myself for this was Jan. 15, a day by which we might have been in Florida, had we gone, so the two mornings’ work in late December have put me ahead of the game.
Finish book I was reading on Jan. 1 and begin Anna Karenina (a re-reading, but it’s been a long time since the last time; this is for our former Ulysses group, currently a Tolstoy group) on Jan. 2. Check!
Act, give and live with a glad heart: There’s no way I can grade myself on this, but it will be my spiritual focus for the months ahead. I say “spiritual” because I’m feeling that doing and giving reluctantly conforms to the letter of the law but not the spirit. One may fulfill the letter for all kinds of self-regarding reasons, of the How will others see me? variety. Not where I want to be.
You can see there’s nothing in my list about diet or exercise. That’s because Sarah is my personal trainer, and she doesn’t care what I eat as long as we get outdoors to play. This was the woebegone girl before our long cross-country ramble in the cold, which was undertaken without camera but which covered a lot of ground, all of it frozen.