It’s the first day of a new calendar year. It’s a Saturday which means that those who chose to imbibe last night can sleep in today. It also means that it’s the first SoCS of the year. Thank you Linda for keeping us involved in the writing process along with so many other bloggers. Today’s post is a combination SoCS and a JusJoJan (rules here). Check out Linda’s blog to join in on SoCS and check out all the great responses.
Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “resolve.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!
Resolve, resolve, resolve. What do I want to resolve to do this year? I don’t make resolutions, per se. That doesn’t work for me. I more like the idea of a general theme for a year. At Rosh Hashanah I chose my new theme. My goal this year is “connection.”
Being retired has changed my life in so many ways. I don’t have my school connections any longer. It makes you very aware of what types of relationships you have. Only a few people who were in my school life remain in my life today. I cherish those friendships. I feel the connections are real and deep. I resolve to continue those connections and appreciate what they bring to my life.
I have been fortunate to make some wonderful connections via Zoom, social media, and phone calls. My resolve is to make deeper connections with those I care about. Deep losses in 2021 have made me aware that there is no time like the present. Grief has a way of making you aware of the need to put your pedal to the metal and do what you want, while you can.
Long ago, I wound send out a few greeting cards every month. (With my addiction to buying cards, it only made sense to use them.) A teacher friend and I would get together at lunch and write a couple of cards. I continued that practice for a couple of years. Now, while living in this forced isolation I feel the need for more connections. I have been sending out cards again. It makes me feel good. I know that I personally enjoy getting cards in the mail, and if I can bring a little joy to someone else, then it is a double win.
I have resolved to send out more cards, with notes, this year. I want to let people I care about, know that I am thinking of them. I have been emailing people I have never met in person. I have been sending letters to people I have never met. I have been texting and messaging with people I have never met. And you know what? I am still connected to those people. I care about them, and they are important to me. I know in my heart that you don’t need to be physically present with people to have a connection.
I’d like to take Linda up on her January monthly challenge. Writing daily to her prompts was a fun task in the past. I even had one of my words in her challenge once. It was fun to feel part of process.