It’s a new year, and we have the same old plumbing problems (pipes backing up into the garage). Â The main issue is our lateral line, which is slowly losing its fight against the root intrusion from our backyard trees. Â Thankfully, those pipes Â will be replaced this week, soÂ I am hoping this is the last time I will ever have to write about bad plumbing. Â I am also hoping that last night will be the only time I ever have to drive to a nearby restaurant to use the toilet.
Moving on to more spiritual things … I had an idea about this blog while I was taking a walk the other day, and it involves kicking off each work week with a quotation that invites reflection. Â Frankly, Monday morning is not a time when I feel a large amount of gratitude and well-being.Â Meditating on a thought-provoking quotation seems like a good way to plunge into the weekly grind with a spirit of prayer. Â I’m hoping this practice will make my Monday — and my whole week, actually — a little bit richer.
So here’s my first offering:
“And now let us welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
I’ve always loved this quotation, mostly because it is so full of heady promise. Â The future is a blank page with no writing on it … yet. Â (As a writer, that image is so appealing!). Â And it’s exhilarating to sit here and envision the good things that have not yet been, but might materialize in 2011: a contract for my next book, a trip to new places, a more regular prayer routine, Â a second bathroom added onto the house (I’m dreaming big here!), a rose garden that is free of aphids and thrips and other insidious little pests.
Will these things happen this year? Â I’m not sure. Â But just thinking of them is exciting, in and of itself. Â And they say that visualizing a thing is the first step towards achieving it.
So what are your hopes for the New Year? Â Which “things that have never been” would you like to see happen in 2011?