I make the same mistakes, repeatedly. You? And, so, as each year comes to an end and a new one is about to begin, I seem to make the same resolutions. Heavy sigh. This brings to my mind, with a smirk on my face, the words of Saint Augustine: “ever ancient, ever new.”
Too often, my New Year’s resolutions center on me:
I will be more…
I will be less…
I will be a better…
But, this just goes round and round, and I circle around myself, like circling around a drain.
So, this year, in order to make a difference, my resolution is focused on a thing –
I resolve, God willing, to write a book by March 1 and to put it into the hands of an editor before my birthday (which is in April.) I make this pledge loud and clear, witnessed by the world (which is you, my dear reader) so that the world (you) will hold me to it.
So, ask me how my book is going: Have I finished my outline? How many chapters have I written? Is the first draft done? Bug, harass, harangue me – but don’t let me slack! Help me not to make the same mistakes this year, so that my book won’t be just an idea that bursts its fire upon the sky to be heard no more.
(If you have a New Year’s resolution with which you need help, please write it in the comments below and I will gladly bug you, too!)
Thank you, “world”. And may you have many blessings in the new year!
© 2017 Christina Chase
I don't call myself a poet — but the beating of my heart is poetry. I don't call myself a theologian — but the light of my mind seeks the Divine. Who I am is a Child of God, a Divine Creation, a person devoted to being fully human, fully alive.