"No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen."
Epictetus AD 55-135 "Discourses" ibid 15
Here we go again...another beginning, another new year. And we're all asking ourselves 'What lies ahead?' and some of us are making 'resolutions' in regards to the path we intend to take for this fresh start. 2007. How time flies! And did you live up to all those resolutions you made last New Years Eve?
Once again, the year ends and I still haven't finished work on my novel "Shadow the Lion".
But I'm that much closer to the grand finale. It's just a matter of sticking to it. So I resolve to make more effort not to allow myself to get so distracted, although some of this year's distractions were due to travel and moving and the travel is part of my writing too.
I don't expect to be making quite so many trips in 2007. For certain the plans are underway to return to Greece via Venice in mid-May. It's destined to be a reunion trip in more ways than one. A couple of my Classical scholar friends intend to meet up with me in Athens. And a couple of girlfriends are traveling there as well, so I'll be the tour guide for them, something I truly enjoy doing. Of course, just being back in Greece is always a huge inspiration to me. But I resolve that I WILL have the novel done by then because there are other projects I wish to pursue and I can't do that until Shadow is finished.
The next isn't a 'resolution', but a 'must do'. I have to get back into my exercise and diet regimes or else!!! I am getting badly out of shape, aches and pains and stiffness in the joints. You'd think I was an old lady or something! (haha. Heaven forbid!). It's a matter of discipline -- getting out there and doing it! I've been sadly off my routines the last couple of months and slowly trying to get back into them.
"First you say to yourself what you would be: and then do what you have to do." Epictetus
So what are your 'resolutions'? And how do you intend to achieve success?
Starting today I resolve to get out every day and exercise (walk, swim, stretch, visit the gym)
and spend part of the day writing (finish Shadow and some of those travel stories I've got partly written. Along with that, send out more stories for publication. If they MSS are sitting in my files, nobody's going to read them!) My night school classes don't start for another three weeks. I've got that much time to resume my routines and get a good grip on actually accomplishing what I've resolved to do!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
"Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment."
Samual Johnson 1709 - 1784 "Prayers and Meditations" 1770