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Happy New Year’s Eve! Anyone have any exciting plans for tonight? Our plans are pretty low-key, other than possibly taking the wooden “No Fireworks” signs from the neighborhood entrance and beating my neighbors with them when they’re out in the street setting off bottle rockets at 1 A.M. But other than that we’ll probably just hang out and watch a movie or something.
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Let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions: I’ve always loved to do this, but this year I just can’t get into it, and I don’t know why. Maybe I’ve slipped into a “why bother?” mentality after the Epic New Year’s Resolutions Fail of 2010. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve noticed that the ways I grow and change each year are never what I would predict, so I think that focusing on self-set goals might distract me from promptings of the Holy Spirit. Hmm. In case it’s the former, maybe I’ll just choose one small thing that I want to work on, and try to stick with that.
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Ooh! After writing #2, I think I just realized what the problem is: I’m in survival mode again. I’m not totally overwhelmed (yet), but I am running at 100% capacity. Between homeschooling and writing and all my normal daily tasks, I simply don’t have the buffer of time and energy I’d need to make any changes or improvements. (When talking about words for the year, I joked to a friend that mine was simply going to be SURVIVE.)
Though being totally maxed out is considered fairly normal in our culture, I don’t think it’s a good thing. (I need to re-read my own posts about finding balance and the dangers of being overloaded.) Maybe my goal for 2011 will simply be to get some buffer in my life?
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Speaking of choosing a word for the year, I seriously considered doing a Word Generator while I was at it. It would be so easy…the code is all there…but I thought that two generators in one week might be a bit much.
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Almost everyone I know who lives east of the Mississippi has gotten this crazy stomach virus that tends to take out entire families at once. Have you heard of this? I’m really, really hoping that it bypasses Texas.
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An interesting discussion resulted in the comments to my last post. Talking about the links about the importance of community, some people asked: “But I’m an introvert. How does that apply to me?” As I’ve mentioned, I’m an introvert’s introvert. (On the Birkman Method introversion/extroversion scale which goes from 1 – 100, I’m a 1. Meaning I’m as introverted as a human being can be.) So I get it.
But what I’ve found is that living in a community is no less important for us introverts than for anyone else. Unfortunately, in our super-fragmented society, community has become synonymous with socializing. But I don’t think the two necessarily need to overlap all that much. In the little community that my husband and I have built for ourselves, we do socialize; but it’s more about supporting one another in concrete, physical ways than just hanging out. Obviously this is a bigger subject than I could cover in a quick take, but I just wanted to throw my $0.02 out there as an introvert who’s seen great benefit to making myself part of a community.
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And now for the perfect song to close out 2010 and ring in 2011, Miracle by Matisyahu (one of my favorite artists):
H A P P Y * N E W * Y E A R !
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