2 January 2018 What will be new?

I asked my husband what he would want me to include in my list of resolutions for 2018. He said, “Listen more.”

I can get defensive about this, but it wouldn’t change anything. Perceptions always have a grain of truth in them. It’s easy to think you are listening, to convince yourself that you are a good listener, and yet still be forming a response while the other is talking, or be off in your mind coming up with a plan to do whatever it is you are half-hearing.

Resolution one: stay in the moment when someone is speaking to me and maybe just repeat back what I think I heard.

Resolution two: pick up these ideas from the last two years, to give thanks every day, use my mom’s china for cryin’ out loud.

I will continue to move every day and continue having once-a-month hike/snow shoe days all winter in preparation for next summer’s hiking season. I will write more; I know, a writer who has to make a resolution to write! I’m super excited for the next two courses that start today for masters in professional creative writing: Writing and Healing, and The Writing Life.

And last, I have got to learn how to let things go that are hurtful to me when I need not let them be. I’m good at finding blessing as I run or pray or write or ride, but then it all floats off on the slightest breeze that comes along when I’m not doing any of those things.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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2 Responses to 2 January 2018 What will be new?

  1. Sally Gerard says:

    You are not kidding on this one! My still small voice is all but screaming at me sometimes!

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  2. For me it is also listening to that still small voice which surrounds me if I will only use my ears to hear

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