Re-reading my 2018 journal entry, I see that I wrote: “I am content.”
In 2019, I did a lot of stuff, traveled a few places, wrote a whole lot, read 37 books, spent too much time on Netflix, and laughed a lot.
I hope to do more of the same in 2020.
Another entry that I read in my reflection is this, a part of a poem by Esther Cohen, Writer, and Poet in New York City. I loved the intent then, and now. I say ‘YES’ to this:
I’ll try instead to hear more music,
to open my arms wider,
to read more
of other people’s beautiful sentences
and write a few myself.
For 2020, Ms. Cohen wrote a few verses of what she won’t do, which made me laugh because I’m like-minded. Here’s an excerpt:
I will not sign up for a Tai Chi class
even though more or less everyone
says it’s a Good Idea. Tried a few times.
I will not stop eating
gluten, sugar, and everything else white.
So, ‘NO’, I will not go on Keto, or take Pilates, or keep up with Facebook or Instagram, or be unkind, or burn myself out, or burn someone else out.
‘YES,’ I will read, I will write most days, I will take a chance, visit abroad, hike a little more, binge Outlander Season 4 and whatever else I love on Netflix/Hulu, and I will partake of dark chocolate and red wine.
I like the simplicity of saying ‘YES’ to ideas/actions and ‘NO’ to others, especially without guilt or anger.
Now go fill a few lines in a notepad with “I’m saying YES to:” and “I’m saying NO to:”
Here’s to the YES’s and to the NO’s. May you be filled with light, love, and laughter!