It’s official: I’m a deaf guy. Or ‘deef’ as I used to joke when I was trying everything I could conjure to avoid the reality of my (rather substantial) hearing loss. I spent a great deal of my time, energy, wasted effort and my phenomenally even-tempered wife’s patience attempting to make it otherwise.
The New Year is upon us. How is it going so far? Do you make resolutions, or have you let go of that idea? It can go either way for me. If I set expectations too high, I am doomed to failure. If I go with the flow and allow myself to “float” into the newness of 2016, could I miss an opportunity to affect real, positive change in my habits?
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.
Many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions over the years. The diligent are likely smiling now, recalling their sense of accomplishment. Others may decide to read further, seeking ideas for this year. The rest of us are cowering with our failure to follow through, and have resolved never to make another one!
During his travels in America in 1842, Charles Dickens practiced the craft of travel writing. When he returned to England, people asked for his impressions of America. Mr. Dickens said he was amazed at how well parents obeyed their children. Not much has changed in the intervening years.