Monday, 5 January 2009

First Post of 2009

I don't do New Year's Resolutions. I don't see the point in setting myself up to fail by giving myself a list of things that I know I will not keep up, even until the end of the first month. But every January I do take the opportunity to look at what I'm doing and decide if it's what I want to do.

What I want to do this year - and I have no idea of whether this will work, because there are so many variables - is to go back to something I tried on my knitting blog, and which worked well until I got very sick with food poisoning. This was to write a little each week, regardless of how little, just to keep my writing muscles flexible. I do tend, especially on this blog, to wait until I am struck by a good idea - and so weeks can go by without my writing a thing! It's a strange thing about inspiration - the more I write, the more inspiration I find...

I also want to try to write only in the blog, and not in my head. I'm a terror for getting an idea, and then planning the whole thing out mentally, coining phrases and marshalling my ideas, until I spend so much time on it that I am bored with the whole idea and never actually write it down. There are numerous wonderful blog entries in my head which never made it to the screen. I've also just taken over as the Newsletter Editor at my Meeting (Durham, part of BYM), so I'm intending to bring this habit to bear on my newsletter writing, too!

Finally, I want to be more organised about my times of silence. No pump produces water without being primed, and my writing pump is fed directly by my spiritual priming. It's sheer laziness that makes me turn on the TV or radio instead of spending some time every day in silence, and I must break the habit.

So, I'm going to try for a little every Monday. Don't expect great wisdom every week - but I will at least try to show up :)

Happy New Year, everyone.


Jan Lyn said...

Hi Heather,
I can relate. I don't set firm goals anymore, but think on things a bit. I'm with you on the silence. I need more quiet moments too. Looking forward to what you have up your sleeve to write here and hoping you are feeling better soon and keeping you in my prayers. I know we are both just hoping for a bit of wellness, not doing gymnastic stunts out on the street!

Happy new year to you and your family!

Gil S said...

Happy new year Heather! What you say certainly rings a bell with me and I may try writing more regularly too. I certainly look forward to reading what you write on both your blogs.