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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Alist on a River of Dreams

As the wheel turns, creaking in the frozen air, and we turn toward the light once again, I'm thinking of lists big and small, what I want to accomplish this year, and what I want to be sure not to miss in my lifetime. Recycling is good, as we know, and I've already recycled a few, um, intentions (better not to call them resolutions; better to acknowledge that I probably won't get them all done in 2008, or what's a heaven for?): I'll knit for charity again this year, and spin, and make socks, and I still want to make that sweater, but I think I need a few shiny new possibilities to hang on my tree as well.

So, in 2008 I intend to:
  • Paddle more, drift less. This is the biggie. I admit I totally stole it from Lene — well, I sort of did, I've had it in mind for a while, but she along with a couple of other talented writers crystallized it for me. When Taz got sick I put myself on autopilot, figuring in the back of my mind that eventually life would return to normal and I'd forge ahead again. What I once knew as normal never returned, because it never does, yet I'm still far too likely to let the current carry me, even though it long ago stopped rushing me along willy-nilly, and the sharp rocks are much fewer and farther between. Much is beyond my control, but much is not; I feel that I've become a little too serene. May I be granted the wisdom to pick my quests, fight the current enough but not too much, and the courage to try and fail and try again, and again. And maybe even succeed once in a while.
  • Try something new at least once a week. Nothing big, scary or expensive: read a new blog, walk a new trail, think inside the box.
  • Go three places I've never been. They can be near or far.
  • Design my first triangular shawl. (Dirt-simple diamond pattern doesn't count.)
  • Read at least six books I haven't read before. (I read books over and over. A lot of people think that's weird.) Six doesn't sound like many, does it? but most of my reading comes in snippets, blog posts, articles, poems, essays. That being the case, I'll add the caveat that they must be full-length books and not anthologies.
That's only five new things, but it's a start. Oh, here's one more: put at least ten things on my Big List, the things I want to do before I die. I don't know how long that list is. Some people say it should be a hundred things, and you can take things off and put new ones on. I suppose picking a number makes it manageable. Maybe I'd better make that twenty things, or thirty, even — I feel a bit overwhelmed trying to think of even that many, but I can always change the list. Or it can change me.


  • Good luck on achieving your goals. All of my goals weren't met in 2007, but I guess that just means you have more to strive for in 2008.

    By Blogger WandaWoman, at 11:53 PM  

  • A lot of food for thought here. For all of us.

    By Blogger Danielle, at 7:05 AM  

  • Goals and new things are good.

    By Blogger Carole Knits, at 7:31 AM  

  • I read books over and over too. It's like spending time with old friends!

    By Anonymous Cheryl, at 8:56 AM  

  • May I suggest that on your list of things to do you include, "Counting successes and achievements even when it feels like bragging. Especially when it feels like bragging." a little joyful bragging is very freeing.

    (I re-read all the time.)

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:33 AM  

  • A beautiful list of intentions!

    By Blogger Pat, at 11:37 AM  

  • Your goals are inspiring. I love "think inside the box" - I should probably give that one a whirl too :)

    I am actually a passionate re-reader. Occasionally, I even do this soon after the first read (nutty!), but I do believe it's a wonderful thing to read the same book at various stages of one's life.

    By Blogger Jennifer, at 12:19 PM  

  • Re-reading familiar and beloved books isn't strange... how else can we visit those old friends who only live within their pages? I am on my second copy of Jane Eyre and my third of Pride & Prejudice. I desperately need to replace my copy of Gone With The Wind, as the first 25 pages are currently sitting tucked inside the book, stapled together.

    By Blogger Jena the yarn harpy, at 1:11 PM  

  • This is a great list. I like the "paddle more, drift less". I wish you luck and the best in the new year.

    By Blogger Lorette, at 5:47 PM  

  • When did you write all these posts? I think I need to get my head on straight. You pose a challenge to those of us left to waste with no real goals! Thank you, I need to be kicked once in a while.

    By Blogger Carol, at 7:29 PM  

  • lovely, dear. I think I'll try making a list of 100 things, too, and see how far I get. Probably it should include things besides knitting, booze, and sex, but I think I can manage at least two more things besides that.

    What? What did I say?

    By Blogger Liz, at 12:00 AM  

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