It's bitterly cold out there. For us, any way. 32F this morning. And with the wind, if 'feels' like 26F. I've only felt it momentarily while letting the dogs outside. My husband trekked the icy streets to obtain a new coffee bean grinder since ours went up in a blaze of glory two mornings ago. Bless him.
Like me, you've probably seen your share of NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS and mostly likely, like me, sick sick sick of them. There is one cute one, however, an oldie by Woody Guthrie. I like (or not) that he has to resolve to "send Mary and the children money." That, of course, makes me want to check in with Mary to see what happened.
Peace. At last.
So, no resolutions, but I do have to organize myself for the coming months. We're traveling to Cuba and to Yosemite in the next few months. Things to do to prepare. #1 is get a new passport. I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed (that happens fairly often and effortlessly) but a useful ballast is to DO things: I took down the Christmas tree last night. Packed up the holiday cards. Inspected the kitchen for ants. Good news: all gone. (We had an amazing candied apple sent to us and we, foolishly, left it on the counter. It was the irresistible siren song to tiny crawling creatures.)
I've also gone through FB and eliminated all the news feeds, in an effort to streamline the information that comes through. No more "Rock the Slut Vote," "Fat-free Vegan Eating," and the endless political pages I signed up for. I am keeping Pema Chodron, however, and Anne Lamott. I'll leave you with a bit of friendly wisdom from Pema:
But loving-kindness ~maitri~ towards
ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can
still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous
or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn't about
trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about
befriending who we are already."
On this first Friday of the year, I wish you a peaceful weekend. May 2015 bring good things to all of us.