Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Hard Act to Follow

--Adrienne Miller

Last year I made a handful of resolutions, and, like almost everybody else in the world, I broke most of them. All except one. Which was just fine, cause that was the only one that really mattered. 

There were the old favorites - to weigh less, to exercise more. I don’t need to tell you. Chances are, you’ve made the same ones. But the one I really meant, the one that came from down deep in my heart, was simple but more frightening than all the others put together. 

I resolved to put myself out there and see what happened. 

That’s it. I didn’t know exactly what it meant when I promised to it. Turns out, I didn’t have to. All I had to do was say “yes” a few more times than I said “no”. Some of those yes’s were a little daunting. Who am I kidding? Every one of them scared the hell out of me, but with each one I said, I cleared a little more fog off the path I was traveling.

It was a good beginning. And now I have to follow it. 

So, what’s it going to be? That’s the question I’ve had on my mind the last few weeks. Once again, I shouldn’t have worried about it so much. 

The answer showed up just in time, all sparkly and shiny on a silver platter...actually it came on a album download from the iTunes store, but the image isn’t as pretty.

A little while ago, our own Rachael whispered the name of a band that I had to check out. “The Avett Brothers,” she said. “They’ll change your life,” she said.

That Rachael Herron, she’s smart. Seriously, if you have a chance, check out I and Love and You.

One click and $9.99 later, there it was--the simple lyric that became this year’s resolution. Decide what to be and go be it.

Once again, I’m not quite sure what it means, or where it will take me, but I know--really down to the bone know--that it’s the one. So...deep breath and here goes...

7 comments:

Sophie Littlefield said...

That....is....brilliant!!!

And some days it's a little tough to remember. There are people out there who don't want you to change. It's not their fault; the old you served their purposes just fine. But sugar you are the driver of your life, and you get to drive your little car any old place you choose. Bravo!!!

Sophie Littlefield said...

PS Hey when did the new covers show up? Yay! Just think - by one year from now, we might have a whole raft of new covers there in the sidebar! Go Pens!

Martha Flynn said...

I don't want to say anything. I just want to smile at you. But I'm over here. And you're over there. So picture me smiling.

Tom Neely said...

I couldn't have been more proud of all you've done this year and the brave you've been. Can't wait to see what 2010 brings. You rock :^D

Rachael Herron said...

I can just hear them singing it... I LOVE THAT LINE. Love you, too! LOVE THE PENS!

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