The stillness of the house is like a pond in a winter’s morning. It beckons me to sit and just listen to the tick of the clock like a cricket in the weeds. Instead of leaping up and jumping in, I sat down and napped in the yawning silence. I haven’t had time to myself in a week and a half.

Stillness Thoughts in a New Year

I organized my linen closet yesterday because I asked for new towels for Christmas. I filled three trash bags full of stuff I don’t need anymore or maybe never needed. A white matelasse bedspread I’ll never use as well as old towels and curtains. The new year’s purge has begun and halted.

I am standing slightly timid at the possibility to actually create a year that I want to live instead of shoving myself through the motions of a year I think I Ought to be living. I want a year of coulds instead of shoulds. When I hear the sole bird singing in the morning hours, he is singing for the possibilities.

Stillness Thoughts in a New Year

Guided by my word for 2019, Focus, I will sift through my life’s leftover belongings purposefully searching for my possibilities and ditching the forced goals of 2018. I will acknowledge my fears and query my worries and entertain my what ifs. And I will slather myself with heaps of compassion during the process.

I am considering how I want my blog to serve me instead of me being enslaved by it. So excuse the tardiness of my post today as I gather and test my thoughts.

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    1. No but habits have a way of disappearing and my blogging is a commitment to bettering my writing. I would want something else in place before I let go of the scheduled habit. Plus my readership, as small as it is, is extremely important to me.
      Thank you for your part in that Mala.

  1. Out with the old! Let’s all get lightweight and nimble. And that includes your excellent decision to examine your own choices regarding the blog – if it’s not bringing you delight and satisfaction…. why do it? You can find new ways to practice writing – in fact – if you stop with the blog for a while, it would challenge you to: write in a different voice, different perspective, you could try different types of writing, new opportunities – and perhaps find those that pay better. Thanks for reminding me that even though I haven’t blogged since 2016 – it’s time for me to take it down. Happy New Year!

    1. If taking it down would make you happy then do it. Blogging still actually does make me happy but I feel I could use it differently. And the skillz I’ve honed could absolutely be used in other places. Thanks for reading and supporting me Kathy!

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