The Morning Mail

Monday, January 30, 2006

Ode to 2006

It seems that most folks are launching into new habits in 2006. They have sore muscles from heading to the gym. We are craving carbs, but we all know they are the enemy in the new millennium.

What I propose, is that we all stop what we are doing just one day a week. We do nothing, perhaps on a Tuesday. We sit on the porch and stare at the cat sunning herself against the rock wall. Our fingers never touch the keypad to any techno product. Our televisions remain dark.

We retreat to the family room where flames flicker in the fireplace. We pick up the book of a favorite author and beginning reading. The words melt into our souls. Our lover brings us a warm drink. We sigh. We smile.

Ah, so this is what I have been working towards? This silence before the flames of both the sun and the fireplace provide warmth and healing.

I've been rushing, and tearing around for this one moment.

Let's make solitude and comfort our new year's resolution. I picked Tuesday. But the day is up to you. All you have to do is:

Be happy. Be silent. Be well.

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