How are you, 2011? I am so glad you've come! You are looking very well. Your eyes are a'sparkle, and your cheeks are rosy from the chill in the air. It's very becoming indeed! I have been waiting for you, you know. Please sit down, won't you?
My dear 2011, I want to get a few projects done while you are here. I want to put those finishing touches on the basement, repaint most of the main floor and the upstairs as well. Also the carpet needs cleaning sooner rather than later, the backdoor needs replacing, the car windshield needs repair, the parging needs redoing, and I must line up a new comfy chair for our living room. Furthermore, the back garden is in a desperate state. It is my fault, 2011. I've let it become so, and now it's up to me to return it to its former glory. Do you think we'll be able to manage?
Oh 2011, I have plans for you. While you are here, I want to learn a few things. I want to learn to be more patient. I want to stop rushing quite so much. I want to appreciate the colours, the sounds, the layers of the tasks I undertake, and stroll more serenely through the days.
And I want to learn to be more present too, 2011. To enjoy what is now. To get more out of my family time. To learn from my mistakes, yes, but allow for whole whopping new ones too. I want to be more courageous, and I plan to take a risk now and again. I intend to do it, 2011. You just watch me.
You will stay a while 2011, won't you? Will you see me through those times when my brain is broken and I can't think of a new thing to create? Will you walk with me when my voice comes out as silence, or croaks up blooming nonsense?
Will your sun rise with me every morning for the next 365 days, and rest as I rest? Oh I am so glad to know it. Our time together will be a swell one I can tell. Let us begin then, shall we?
N.B. I will be discussing the above charms in Wednesday's post along with other stuff which includes a one-on-one challenge with the amazing and talented Aunt Peaches (insert squeals of delight RIGHT here)!!! I CANNOT wait!