Monday Meditation: Things that have never been

It’s a new year, and we have the same old plumbing problems (pipes backing up into the garage).  The main issue is our lateral line, which is slowly losing its fight against the root intrusion from our backyard trees.   Thankfully, those pipes  will be replaced this week, so I am hoping this is the last time I will ever have to write about bad plumbing.  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.  Frankly, Monday morning is not a time when I feel a large amount of gratitude and well-being.  Meditating on a thought-provoking quotation seems like a good way to plunge into the weekly grind with a spirit of prayer.  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.  The future is a blank page with no writing on it … yet.  (As a writer, that image is so appealing!).  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,  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?  I’m not sure.  But just thinking of them is exciting, in and of itself.  And they say that visualizing a thing is the first step towards achieving it.

So what are your hopes for the New Year?  Which “things that have never been” would you like to see happen in 2011?

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