I’ve been thinking about a new direction for this blog. This involved reading the blogs I’ve posted since 2014. It’s been an interesting journey. In 2014, I had committed to an entry a day. Subsequent years saw the posts become more sporadic. Some recipes, some poetry, better photos.
Last year, I committed to a weekly post that included seven photographs taken during the week with a brief recap of the week. It was, in large part, an attempt to see if I enjoyed using my phone to take and edit pictures. What I found was that I only took photos of things that I felt that I could write about. I’m not a photographer, and it took a commitment on my part to forge ahead and finish out the year.
Then the calendar turned to a much anticipated 2021. A vaccine to combat the pandemic is at hand. A new administration is poised to take the reins of government. In spite of a rocky start, there is reason to be hopeful.
As for this blog, I forgot a number of key things as I spent time trying to decide what I wanted to do. There’s the old adage about not letting the perfect get in the way of the good. I also should have remembered Anne Lamott’s thoughts on writing and life in her book, “Bird by Bird.” She tells the story of her twelve year old brother feeling totally overwhelmed by a project on birds that he had left until the eleventh hour. Her father wisely pointed out that he should approach it one bird at a time. The same holds true for the writing process.
Even if I’m unclear about where the path will lead, taking one step at a time is the only way to begin the journey.