“What’s your theme for 2017 going to be?” my friend asked.
I could barely remember what my theme for 2016 was. If 2015 was hard with the death my mother, 2016 was … um… I don’t even know. Rich? Full? Exhausting?
And where did 2016 even go? A snap of the fingers, and — poof! Good thing this isn’t a 2016 recap because I can’t remember.
My life is rich and full, mostly because of these people —
But my 2017 theme is coming from the exhausting part of my life.
My theme is “Leaning In” — the idea of embracing my challenges.
On Christmas Day, I was standing in the laundry room, seeking solitude and a brief escape from an irritating situation, Helen asked if she could help.
“What can I do about this?” I asked her and told her what was bothering me.
Among her suggestions — write it out.
Write it out.
That’s why I had started this blog in the first place — to make sense of the difficult, to find good in the bad, to untangle the knot — all by writing it out.
So — leaning in. In 2017 I am going to lean in — and part of my embrace will be to write again here.
I thought of three general concepts that relate to leaning in —
- Leaning in, as a horse leans into a harness to pull a heavy load. Head down, not high and haughty. Muscles straining– it is hard work. Moving forward, little by little, not giving ground, but gaining and pressing on.
- Leaning in, as in a team huddle. Sharing strategies. And concerns. Supporting others — and they supporting me. I can’t do it alone.
- Leaning in, as one paying attention to detail. I can’t gloss over things, nor do I want to. Little things are sometimes so much more important than big — and I need to remember that.
Specific goals for 2017 —
- Postaday — I’ll write again (or try to), but I may also dust off old posts that I have taken down. My daily posts will be a mix of old and new.
- People — I need to cultivate relationships with people who can be part of my team huddle. Again, I see this as a mix of old and new. Friendships needs attention and time. I need to reach out to others on a regular basis — get together with other people, share joys and sorrows, pray, laugh, eat, walk, send cards, write letters, talk on the phone.
- Pursue beauty — I toured the Lackawanna Coal Mine once. It was dark and scary, but men found something of value there. Same with my life. I need to look for those places of beauty and goodness. They’re there. I know they are.
So forgive me if my writing muscles are a little rusty. It may take me some time to get my groove back —
But 2017 — here I come.