Some things I’d like in the new year  

Posted by Denis Haack in , , , , ,

I’d like to be a better listener. (Reasons are obvious.)

I’d like to pay more attention to creation. (Ignoring fellow creatures is rude.)

I’d like to not change the world. (Can’t anyway.)

I’d like to read more poetry. (Stupid not to.)

I’d like to see more tattoos. (Stories are fascinating.)

I’d like to get art I don’t like. (Understanding cultural conversation is good.)

I’d like to have meals take more time. (It’s actually the point.)

Are there things you’d like? Please let me know by posting them in a comment.

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Begin reading some Walker Percy. Thanks for the recommendation!

January 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

-I'd like to reflect more on the past, live more in the present and dwell less on the future.
-I'd like to embrace, harness and emit grace, compassion and love.
- I'd like to have more meals.
-I'd like to read more.
-I'd like to learn more.
-I'd like to risk more.

Always a good idea to dwell contemplatively on such things as love and beauty heading into the future. Thanks


January 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I'd like to:
have more bunnies
eat more doughnuts
write some letters
spend less time thinking about myself

January 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I'd like to love bigger.
I'd like to love more. More freely.
I'd like to forgive more easily.
I'd like to live in the present more.
I'd like to be more generous than ever.
I'd like to read more, but that would require extra hours in the day.

January 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I join Anita on the donuts thing.

And I'd like to:

See more great live music, in smaller venues (awe and joy)

Learn to play the mandolin (that is a reach but this is wishes, right?)

Stop fretting about time (because it's useless)

And for YOU , Denis, here is recommended poetry: The Bees, by Carol Ann Duffy, the UK Poet Laureate. I bought it for someone special for Christmas, and he might lend it to you.

As for your wishes, and to all others posted here, and I quote:

"Good luck with that!"

But hold them close. Sometimes we are on the same page as the Lord and they happen....

January 4, 2012 at 7:44 AM

I'd like to live more like I understand the great story I'm drawn into.
I'd like to be both the protagonist and a bit player all at the same time.
I'd like to find a new name for yoga and teach it to those who fear words and workouts. (Don't worry, I fear words too...I do my homework so I can face them.)
I'd like to read more Margie and Denis who keep me plugged in in this orphan time I've chosen.
I'd like to read some Walker Percy as well; and oh so many more.
I'd like to live outrageously.
I'd like to see a change in my life that can only be imagined and orchestrated by a God who loves me beyond my wildest understanding.

January 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I'd like to read Denis and Margie's blogs more religiously.

January 10, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Some of my blogs are posted and silence reigns. I find myself wondering if anyone read them. Then sometimes the responses, as in this case, are such a delight to read that I read them more than once, always wishing we were sitting together in the living room of Toad Hall sipping wine or coffee or tea or bourbon in the midst of an unhurried conversation. Good ideas that enrich life, woven together with asides that bring laughter so we don't take ourselves too seriously--few things are better than that.

Thank you for taking the time to comment. And may 2012 be a year in which glimpses of grace and glory come your way. Stay alert for them: they usually are not announced by trumpets but slide in quietly, gentle and surprising.

January 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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