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Hauoli Makahiki Hou! Day One of My Goals for 2013
Surreal Morning Sky
Gray Cat sits on his haunches, the muscles in his hind legs and back contracted, taut, and powerful. Black Cat circles him in a tight yet respectful radius, displaying as only felines can do his displeasure at Gray Cat’s intrusion into his personal space.
This is my alley, black cat yowls in the deep, haunting way cats do just before a violent skirmish. Go find some other place and time in the universe to hang out!
Silently, Gray Cat rises. In the choreography emulated by yoga masters for thousands of years, it indulges in the two-step dance—arched back followed by paws forward, head up, and hyper-extended convex back. Then, an unblinking and omnipotent stare from those piercing turquoise blue eyes.
In comprehension tinged with a hint of reluctance, Black Cat notes Gray Cat’s simultaneous presentation of respectful reverence and dominance.
With one last flash of his emerald green eyes, Black Cat reciprocates with pride and deference. He turns and disappears into infinity.
Evening black fades into frosty morning gray.
The surrender is complete.
A Review of My 2013 Goals
- My Goals for 2013
Whether or not you're one for making new year's resolutions, stay open and available to the possibilities and adventures of a purpose-driven life.
I'm no meteorologist.
But I'm a writer.
The above was the scene in the sky over my sleep-deprived southeast Washington community this morning. From the upstairs bedroom aka eBay/writer's office window, that's what I saw, and I'm sticking to it.
Just like I'm sticking to the goals I made a month ago for this coming year.
Prior to writing these few lines, I got on my knees and thanked God for all His blessings. I read the first five chapters of Genesis. A mandarin orange, banana, vitamin supplements, large drink of water, and a cup of coffee later, I'm now about to get dressed in my sweats, New Balance shoes, and green Cal Poly Dad baseball cap.
The hardest part of my first day of 2013 will be the walk. For one thing, I'm tipping the scales at 228 pounds, and I'm only 5'10-1/2". I've never been heavier in my life. The reason I'm sharing this--as reluctantly as that black cat of 2012 walked away from the gray cat of 2013--is because I need the added motivation of being held accountable. I sincerely want to follow through on my goals for the new year.
Secondly, it's a freakin' frigid 29 degrees here in the Walla Walla Valley as I write these words. What am I? Stupid?
Yes, I think so. For having let myself go these last few decades of my life.
And so, some significant changes need to be made if I want to prolong the fun I'm having with my eBay selling and HubPages writing lifestyle. With earnest encouragement, support, prayers, and blessings from my wife, I resolve to give all of my goals for 2013 an ambitious effort.
Wish me well as I take my first 60-year-old baby step into the future.
In turn, I wish you all a very blessed and memorable 2013!