Tuesday, January 1, 2013

About resolutions--

"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Emily Dickinson wrote this metaphoric poem about hope. Every year news people ask readers/viewers for their resolutions for the New Year. We comply. Why?

To come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full;
To convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively).

So, we resolve to determine to do something (better) or transform ourselves into something better. We have hope, despite the storms of life that "abash" us, despite not knowing which direction to follow (the tune without the words). Hope exists everywhere. Despite those who pooh-pooh resolutions, we make them for a reason: We are human and we have hope. And, yes, of course, we have the ultimate Hope--God! So, we resolve--and pray!

Have a Happy and Prosperous and Safe New Year!

1 comment:

jguentherauthor said...

Congratulations on starting your New Year with a post. I'm trying to keep the ball rolling every week. Not always easy.

Anyway, are you still doing reviews of children's books for Amazon, etc? I have a new middle grades book, recently published by World Nouveau. It's a bit edgy, but humorous in spots and was well received by those who attended the first reading.

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Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)

  • *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
  • The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
  • Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
  • Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
  • Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
  • Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
  • *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
  • Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
  • *Ruined by Paula Morris
  • Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
  • *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
  • Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
  • *The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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