So, big lesson learned ... Don't Write My End of Year Post Right After Finishing Reading a Book About The Holocaust. I was not feeling my best or most positive last night when I finally sat down to write and I honestly couldn't really see the point of summing up such a disappointing year. But today I finished re-listening to A Hat Full of Sky, the second of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, and felt entirely different. I *want* to set goals for 2017. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to be the change.
“There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” - Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of SkyToday, I made some incredibly delicious banana bread, ran a bunch of errands, and decided to write this, my 1400th post for this blog! It's only 8:40pm on the west coast of the U.S. but I'm seeing lots of New Year's wishes coming in from around the world and it's giving me hope (as is the snow that is coming down). I grabbed a chunkster off of my TBR last night to start the new year with -- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. In the coming year, I'm going to keep reading from my own shelves, throw in some library books that will expand my worldview and educate me, and find the causes that will benefit the most from my attention.
I know the days ahead are going to be up and down emotionally and intellectually but I really want to make an effort to push the balance toward hope, light, and love. I hope that you all will join me in this goal.