I greatly enjoyed Kelvin De’Marcus Allen’s Jan. 10 column “Chip away at bad habits all year long.” Like Allen, I struggle with keeping even the simplest resolutions.
As an example of one who has solved this dilemma, check out my cat, Brooke. She eats when she’s hungry, sleeps when she’s sleepy and spends time just hunkering down on the deck railing and meditating. The wind blows, the leaves fall, the birds fly by and occasionally a group of young deer pick their way silently through the woods behind the house. Brooke just observes.
Brooke lets time flow by her like a river in which she is only mildly interested. She has wrestled her mind to a draw. She isn’t trying to save money or lose weight. She doesn’t feel guilty about doing or not doing. For Brooke, the “resolutionary” war has reached a permanent armistice, and it’s peace in the valley from here on out.
Something about that mindset is mighty appealing!