January 2, 2016, Prescott- The sense of calmness was all around me, this blessed morning, as I walked downtown, to deposit my rent in the landlord’s account. There were few outside, other than tourists headed to a taxi stand, baggage in tow. In Wild Iris Coffee House, I took a hearty breakfast of oatmeal and coffee, surrounded by a dozen or so awakening souls, under the steampunk ceiling. Calmness and brightness, then, are not confined to the ancient German skies that are illustrated in the most tranquil of all Christmas carols.
This year has started out as a benign counterpoint to the tumult of the last two years. I’m certain it will not entirely remain so, with a turgid election facing our nation and the onward march of a world in transition. It is, however, largely what we the people make it.
In my own space, I have determined to make small forward steps- like downsizing my possessions and their accompanying junk. I no longer feel the need to keep every receipt from the last 7-10 years, what with the banks keeping electronic records. I don’t have to hang on to all manner of keepsakes from every classroom I’ve covered since Penny passed on. Books that I’ve read will be passed on to the Friends of Prescott Public Library. My wardrobe will, gradually, be updated, with the oldies but goodies passed on to the clothing bins- a process I started this past year.
Exercise will be more consistent. I will show up in the gym more often. Travel will be more on foot, meaning I walk more, locally, and when away from this area, park in one spot and walk from there. My visits to friends and family will be shorter in duration, and certainly less intrusive. Indeed, as I look back, the best times I’ve had visiting with people are those in which I did not overstay.
These are commitments, not “resolutions”. My resolve, though, has not changed, from years gone by. I enjoy work, exercise, service, learning and being there for my loved ones. The course will remain the same.