“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford
The biggest and hardest of these involves disconnecting my Internet connection for a certain period of time every day (how much time is still up for negotiation, but I’m thinking four hours minimum). This must be first on the list or the others are doomed from the start. If I can force myself to turn off the WiFi connection, I may be able to accomplish the second commitment, which is to start rewriting my Green Hell Chronicles.
Most of you who read this blog are unaware of my memoir in progress. I haven’t written about it here because… well, the story is still, to use a military euphemism, playing out on the ground. Until there is a solution I really can’t talk about it. Suffice it to say it is a saga of historic proportions and has involved the trio made famous by the songwriter XXXXX XXXXX: Lawyers, Guns and Money. (And here is a perfect example of exactly why I need to disconnect from the Internet. I couldn’t remember the songwriter’s name and was about to look it up online, which would lead to checking my facebook page and, jeez, it would be hours before I got back to writing. So, I put some XXXs there and will check the information later. Or, my brain might kick in and I will remember…. Ah, Warren Zevon!— see? I don’t need the Internet all the time!)
But back the the Green Hell Chronicles— I can tell those who are interested that I have written meticulously about our travails in a journal (safely stored online?) over the past five years, and I think I can now begin editing and rewriting.
So that is one and two. The others resolutions are much easier.
I want to get back to my yoga practice and do it at least twice a week (note the vague term ‘at least’ twice a week). That shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish, though. When I do it, I feel better and am more centered in everything, including my writing. It also keeps my back and hips from buckling from the seated position of writing ( I once read that John Irving writes standing up, and I know why).
The other resolution is a cinch, to walk every day. I have four dogs and they are constantly on my case about getting out for some exercise. So, really this one is cheating because I already do it. I’m including it, though, in case I fail at the others; I can always fall back to this one success.
There you have it, my resolutions for 2011. Nebulous, but as good as I can do.