The Rejectionist. How is it possible for you to bring me such ridiculous joy? How is it possible you can regularly include subtle allusions to my favorite things (preeminently Sassy magazine, but this morning Dazed and Confused!)? How is it possible I used so many punctuation marks in that last sentence? How is it possible it is December already? When I first read of your pre-resolutions idea, I thought it sounded fun and somehow hazily-lazily in the future. Alas, December has railroaded me once again, so here I sit considering my participation in this pre-resolution thang.
I don't actually make New Year's Resolutions most of the time, but I did do a month-by-month thing in 2009 which challenged me in myriad ways. They weren't all self-denial goals, but I did do a month without coffee, and one without chocolate, and one without Coca-Cola, and one without beer. Good Lord, how did I ever survive? Anywho, this December, during the season of Advent, I have been playing with an idea that I need to make a formal commitment, so here goes:
Centering Prayer. My friend Brigitte alerted me to this concept in her blog the other day, and I have been pondering making it a daily practice during advent. It will involve me finding at least 20 minutes of secluded time to just sit and be empty. Sitting I can do; it's the emptiness I worry about. I tried it for the first time the other day, and I don't know how long I sat, but it was definitely an intriguing exercise. I will look forward to seeing where it takes me.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! I also hereby resolve to finish a Christmas embroidery thing I started - NO KIDDING - 10 years ago. It has been sitting in a bag for ages, and I think it should finally get out of my flippin' way.
STILL NOT CONVINCED? HOW DOES FREE SOUND TO YOU? I will throw in for good measure one more goal for the month. I pinky-promise to mail all the old, free, ugly, unmatched Christmas cards I have been hoarding in a box for years. They will all get gone this year. Not necessarily as proper Christmas cards, but they will get mailed prior to New Year's Day. Want one? Email or comment with your address. I'll be glad to send some holiday cheer your way.
Thanks for the prod, Le R. You're the bestest friend a girl could ever have.