January ended quickly, and February is passing right on by. I've been doing my damnedest to get caught up on the items I need to read so that I can move on to the things I need to edit ... so that I can move on to the things I need to write.
In the midst of all this, I've moved my own personal base of operations. This is a good thing in numerous ways. What isn't good is combining moving with shoveling snow (repeatedly), labor-intensive home improvement, and sleeping on a couch in the same weekend. I make it sound worse than it really is ... except for the shoveling. That never gets any easier.
All this to say I've been pretty busy so far this year. Things are happening; things are in motion and changing. Being the forced optimist that I am, I see more good things on the horizon. Not that I'd advise anyone to follow in the footsteps that got me to this place, but I'm quite satisfied with it.
The goal of any time of upheaval in life is to not lose who you are. It's tempting to "become someone else" to face down your issues. Someone stronger, perhaps, or someone who isn't as afraid of confrontation or loneliness or fiscal hardship. It's also tempting to lean on people and things more than strictly necessary for survival, to the point of integrating that dependency so much that it's required long after hardship has passed. All of these things subtract from a person, I think, whereas accomplishment within the bounds of self-reliance adds to a person.
A bit deep, but hopefully you get the point.
Time for an early lunch, braving the rest of the work day, and then surviving the afternoon commute in this snow-ridden metropolis called Denver. Thanks for your reading and support; I'll have more writing topics to share once I can focus on them again.
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