The Shape of the Year

January 1, 2018 § 2 Comments

The borders between the years are meaningless from a “things are bound to change” point of view. Luck and Chance and Fate don’t care what the date is, be it Monday or January or 2018. There’s absolutely no reason why anything should suddenly get better.

But we stick up a new calendar and turn the page, and we sigh in relief that we survived the past 12 months. We hope for a better dozen to come.

I began to see the vague outline of this year around the beginning of December. I know this will be a year of hard work. Boards need pulling up and earth needs moving and what last year broke still needs to be fixed. Root causes need to be uprooted to allow for new growth.

With luck and perseverance and a little help from others, 2018 will be a year of repair, of redirection, of rebuilding. Changing the landscape. Making improvements that are long, long overdue.

I’m going to try to shape it into a productive year. Apart from the pulling and hauling, I want to start creating again. My litany every January First is always “read more and finish writing the book.” This year, it’s “start reading again and finish writing a book.”

My nightstand staggers beneath an epic to-read pile, and a few unfinished manuscripts wait for me to finish writing them. Lately, one story in particular has been tugging at my sleeve. I’ll take a look at it soon to see if the book in my memory is as good as the one I put onto the hard drive.

I’ve slowly started eating better (shut up, I hear you laughing at the leftover charcuterie I ate for breakfast; I said “slowly”). I’ve begun moving more. Hitting the elliptical machine, doing pushups, trying to de-flab this aging body. That, too, will be part of the pulling and hauling this year.

What the year ahead looks like other than that, I don’t know. I’m going to try to fully enjoy the good times while they last, and endure the bad times with patience and kindness. I’m going to try to not worry about what’s to come until it gets here. I won’t always succeed, but I’ll keep trying.

I hope you will, too, and that together we shape something beautiful.




§ 2 Responses to The Shape of the Year

  • weebookblog says:

    I can relate to this. Sometimes the goals and interests are so big. How wonderful is that?! Yeah…I know….
    For me…I have cleared my nightstand and put one book there at a time. I read it.
    I have found a room to draw in. I am doing no more than turning up there and putting the pencil in my hand and starting. At the start of each week I have a target – eg one point perspective. I write this in my diary and what I will draw…eg boxes,tables, chairs. Exciting but hey it’s only a one week goal. I do it and review on Sundays. Oh how I wish I were further ahead but this is it. I start here and pick up as though an AA member, one day at a time. I am on my second week. Got to go to my room in half an hour. Still need shower and breakfast so off I go.
    I will watch out for your blogs and progress. Off to draw a road disappearing in the distance from the window of my little room in town.Week two of one point perspective. I ride my bike 2 km to get there.

  • […] year of repair, of redirection, of rebuilding. Changing the landscape.” That’s from my New Year’s Day post, but I had no idea how much the landscape would change; eight days later, I was laid […]

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