Personal – December #Reverb16 Week 6

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We’ve reached the point of the year with Project Reverb where it goes to a daily prompt.  As I already have so much to talk about, I’m going to limit myself to one post per week where I address as many of that week’s prompts as seem appropriate. If you’re interested in seeing my responses to the weekend Instagram challenges, head on over to my account.

Last 2 posts I missed last week that sort of tie into a New Year theme.

December 30 // Undone: What did you leave undone?  Do you intend to try again in 2017 or let it go?

Oh man, the things I have left undone.  I wish I could show everyone the painters tape that decorates our dining room that has been there since October.  Or the box with our new faucet that’s been sitting in the kitchen for longer.  The stopped up sink upstairs with the bottle of Drano just waiting to be used.  The cleaning I didn’t do.  The holidays are just such a crazy time of year that things that would otherwise be a priority (like a sink that drains) get pushed down below others like, wrapping presents before they must be given.  Or finishing the knitting on a (not-so-) tiny sweater.  There were other knitting projects that also got pushed around in the priority line and lie on needles, unfinished and sad.

I’ll get around to it all.  2017 is the year of finishing projects and getting stuff done.  It will happen.  I intend to leave things a lot less haphazardly unfinished going in to 2018.  But don’t quote me on it.  😉

December 31 // Hope: What are you hopeful for in the new year?

I hope our economy doesn’t go into the tank with terrible policies.  I hope that social protections aren’t stripped away.  I hope that we don’t destroy foreign relations.  I hope that those in charge won’t be as corrupt as I’m fearing.

It’s hard to disentangle my hopes for our country from my own personal hopes, but I’m doing ok.  I can feel and know that there are good things on the horizon for me personally, so it’s easy to get distracted by those hopes despite the world around me.  And there are other things that I can hope for in spite of the potential awfulness of new government.  I hope that the dedicated government workers who aren’t tied to a political appointment will keep doing their duty to keep our government running.  That the citizenry will keep their eyes open and call out terrible things that happen.  I hope that maybe things won’t be as terrible as they could be.  I’m hoping that people don’t become complacent.

“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

Details: This post is part of Project Reverb 2016, which sends a daily writing challenge for bloggers during the month of December.  If you’re interested in participating, sign up here or visit their facebook group.

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  1. Nicole Holstein says: Reply

    Ahhh that Emily Dickenson poem is one of my favorites!!!!

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