“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.” ~ G.K. Chesterton
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. To make an end is to make a beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot
Wishing All a Happy New Year!
It seems that the new year has come at the right time for me … I’ve been in a process of transition and change since October, and I’ve just begun to settle into new routines. I’ve always had to balance my writing with other aspects of my life, but unfortunately sometimes it gets edged out! Working 45-50 hours a week and taking care of and spending time with the people I love leaves a limited space for writing. That means that I need to readjust my writing habits again, expand those moments, steal time.
At the end of October, Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island. The area where I live lost power for 12 days. I haven’t been to the beaches since the hurricane. Areas are still restricted, still being cleaned up. Whenever I see a fallen tree, its roots lifted and torn from the ground, leaving a deep cavity in the earth – it’s a reminder of the absolute horror of the damage done by trees falling during the hurricane, falling on houses, across roads, and onto power lines. The whole experience was really difficult in a profound way.
If I thought that working at a new job had wrecked my routines, losing power for twelve days forced me to completely re-evaluate not only my routines, but my entire life! And I feel like I’m in a decent place. There’s so much I want to do, and I am trying. I remind myself that I am doing what I can, with what I have, at this moment in time. And honestly, my life is very full. Sometimes I feel my life so full with love, it’s all I can do to breathe and be thankful for such blessings.
Entering the new year, another new year, I feel the bright star of potential and the pulse of my life in the words of Samuel Beckett: “Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.”