Well, here we are in gloomy, cold February, launched headlong into 2011. Now that January’s gone we can no longer pretend we’re just starting the year: it’s clearly underway.
So back at the beginning of January, I told you how along with my regular resolutions to be better and do better in every little way (which are going about as well and as badly as they usually do), I had set three challenges for myself for this year. I was going to memorize the book of Philippians, write one real pen-and-paper letter to someone every week, and start reading poetry.
In the interests of accountability, I think it’s time for an update.
Philippians is going well. I’m nearly to the end of Chapter 1, which is right on track for the memory plan I’m following. It’s not easy; it is a challenge, but it’s do-able. I’m glad my middle-aged brain still has the memory capacity to handle it, but we’ll see how it goes when we get past the one-chapter mark (which is the most I’ve ever memorized before).
Letters … not so good. I started off well and wrote two in the first two weeks of January. One was to Patty, who also likes the idea of reviving the lost art of letter-writing, and she wrote me back right away. And now … I still have only those two written and sent. So I am — what, three letters behind? At least. I keep having ideas about whom I want to write to and what I want to say, but the reality is, I get behind on answering my emails, much less sending actual handwritten letters. I still want to write letters, and I’m not giving up, but the one-letter-a-week goal is looking mighty ambitious.
And poetry? I have not read a single line of a single poem. I’ve been immersed in all kinds of fiction and non-fiction as usual. I’ve gotten great recommendations of poetry from lots of people. One kind person even loaned me two books of poetry. And I … just haven’t started. I find this resistance in myself that I didn’t know was there. What is it going to take to motivate me to read poetry? Is the effort worthwhile? What’s my problem?
There, I’ve told you the truth. Now, since the comments section is very skimpy these days and I’m feeling badly in need of feedback, I’ll toss it back to you, dear readers. As February opens before us, how are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions going????