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Hauoli Makahiki Hou! Day One of My Goals for 2013

Updated on March 2, 2013
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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.

It Begins

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!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Thank you, my friend. Every bit of encouragement along the road of life is helpful and greatly appreciated. As I walk each morning, a million and one panoramic views hit my senses, and each one is a potential Hub experience. : ) Aloha, and have a wonderful and productive week!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    That's a good start to a new year, Keala. Having achieved this first step, you got the ball rolling; the next steps will be easier. Good luck with your goals for the new year.

    Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Thanks so much, dear Mary! I love writing analogy-style because I personally find it's a wonderful way to get fellow baby boomers nodding their heads in "Yeah, I can relate with this guy!" fashion while still maintaining an easy to accept sharing format for the younger generations. At least, that is my hope. Your presence in the comments section is always a treat for me because you truly have a knack for "getting" where i'm coming from. In spite of all of our crazy antics of the sixties, we actually managed to retain enough brain cells to make a difference here on HubPages, some 40 to 50 years later! LOL! Have a memorable tillsontitan week, Mary!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    So now, in addition to your wonderful writing you are becoming the epitome of exercise...someone we need to look up to as he pressures himself into daily walks, even in the cold. Is there no end to your abilities? I know for sure your walks will continue because you have the determination and ability to do what you need to do.

    This hub, with its analogy and, if I may repeat myself, determination, was a joy to read. Always upbeat HawaiiO! God bless as you continue on your journies...

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks for being receptive to my ideas, Sarah. I write on the wing, so to speak, because an uncensored (well, as much as socially possible) voice works for me...and that goes for even comments or helpful suggestions. In my opinion, the "moment" we were the best writers was during the ages of 3-5 when most of us were beginning to conceptualize the world in sentences. There were a minimal amount of filters...that's how I want to write. Just something I wanted to share with you.

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    That is such a GREAT analogy! I have been reading quite a bit lately, and I was considering doing a book review on some of them. I'll have to go and scribble down some notes now!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Sarah, I am not one to have the best answer for you because I struggle with finding ideas myself. But if you could view my response as a humble attempt to share with you a few things I've learned along the way, I'll be glad to help you in any way I can.

    You know the adage familiar to weddings...I've used the concept in a hub about what to sell on eBay, and I find it quite useful for generating Hub ideas as well. SOMETHING OLD; SOMETHING NEW; SOMETHING BORROWED; SOMETHING BLUE...

    Okay, so here' how it works.

    Something old--memories of one's childhood; an inspirational patriarch or matriarch from among your honorable ancestors; a favorite teacher; a favorite subject in grade school; an incident that was life-changing; an old neighbor's quirky ways...

    Something new--Gun control in light of the recent tragedies; the Vatican calling for a unified world order; gay rights; your initial dabbling into eBay; how YouTube is a virtual gold mine of how-to projects; hubs about hub writers you admire; observations of your local town or city; a new spin on your grandma's favorite recipe...

    Something borrowed--Hub review of a book, play, or movie; a local entertainer who does cover songs of folk singers in the sixties; merits of your public library; how to connect with fellow hubbers (not sure why I included this in the borrowed section, except maybe because I always want to outdo how HubPages generically lavishes praises on just a chosen few, so while the concept of uplifting fellow writers is a borrowed one, you can do a much better and across-the-board job of honoring fellow writers through your own style, grace, and voice); reading someone else's hub and being so inspired as to write your own personal take on a similar topic; a hub regarding your first 90 days on HP...

    Something blue--saddest day in your life; sad news item you recently ran across; a mini-biography about the guy who hosted this children's program, Blue's Clues; Huckleberry Hound (wasn't he blue?); blue willow china; blue delft china; the different shades of blue; whatever happened to Claudine Longet, singer of "L'amour est Bleu" and Andy Williams' wife?...

    Anyway, you get the idea...and not only that, I hope you get A LOT of ideas! : ) Good luck, my young and talented writer friend!

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    I am trying to write more as well. Sometimes I just get so caught up on other things that I 'forget', believe it or not. I think the challenge for me is to come up with ideas for hubs. Any suggestions?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Sarah!

    Regarding the walking program, since January, I've walked about an hour a day, or 3-1/2 miles. I got rained out one day, so yesterday, I walked 6 miles. Today, I walked 4...in the freshly fallen snow. Enjoying the benefits immensely.

    Now, the challenge for me is time management, specifically for my writing. I am writing every day, but in spurts. Hope to publish a new hub later this evening and then finish up the ones I've "seeded."

    Thank you for your support and encouragement. Aloha!

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    It's now where you've been, but the steps you're taking now towards your future. I wish you the best of luck on your journey to a healthier you. I know you can do it!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @CrisSp

    As busy as you are ministering to the needs of others way up there in the majestic blue, you are so ever faithful in being a wonderful and personable neighbor here in the HubPages community. Thank you for stopping by and helping me get this grand new year off to an enthusiastic and memorable start! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nettlemere

    You're absolutely spot on regarding the perceptual and intellectual benefits of my hour-long walks. While I've been very busy with my eBay activities, I've begun writing several articles for HubPages in my head--as well as "seeding" a few pre-publication paragraphs--as a positive consequence of my exercise program. Beginning today, I will be adding the finishing touches to my incubating literary babies. Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings in the new year!

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    I'm pretty sure you're having a good start black cat, I mean gray....oh, whatever, I love the blue sky!

    Way to go hawaiianodysseus and I'll faithfully follow you through to be able to see your progress, witness your success and the return of the incredible hunk!

    Good luck my friend! Love from the sky~

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    Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

    Well done - it sounds as though you are sticking to walking plan - definitely a good resolution to choose. Hopefully you'll get as much out of the 'thinking and seeing' time that walking allows as from the increase in fitness.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Tom! If you read my response to carozy, you'll know that this second day was very tough, but I'm dutifully sticking with the program. It really helped, not shifting my responsibility or anything, to write a hub about it so that I would know I'm held to a level of accountability by my own profession of this plan. After the walk was over, and in a few minutes after my morning shower, I will be ready to tackle the rest of the day. Another hub is brewing. One thing I notice, the hour long walk does seem to clear up the cobwebs in my brain, and I actually feel energized and primed for writing when I eventually sit down with my lap top in front of me. I'll keep you and everyone else who cares to follow posted on a regular basis. Aloha, my friend!! "...and she's buyin' a stairway to heaven..."

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Oh yes has i set my eyes down on this hub i see it is another masterpiece filled with your great wit and awesome writing style. Maria is right you need this hot tune in your head, grab your mp3 player and put on any Zeppelin song, that should get you going. Good luck on your quest !

    Wishing you a very blessed and awesome New Year !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Good! I'll keep my awareness up so I don't miss the opportunity to view the film. Thanks for the update!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Nooo, nothing shaking in the voiceover dept yet. The little movie is supposed to have a website up soon, but I'm not sure when. I will update "Sheriff Dan" when it shows.

    Keep up the great writing and walking too. My dog (my daughter's dog which I inherited) is named Woof, so we go on Woofwalks a lot, but have to watch out for Woofeaters. (he is a papillion, 15lbs).

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thank you! My idea is to post an update every so often. Hope you had a memorable beginning to the new year. I'm always eager to hear about the diversified projects you engage in and share with us through your fine writing. Would love to hear your voiceovers...anything on YouTube, by chance? Maybe a future hub? "In this world, one man awakens at dawn and walks down a pre-measured route...Hawaiian Odysseus, champion of the couch potatoes...on a mission to reclaim his long-forsaken youth..." Ha-ha!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    An outstanding way to start the New Year! We wish you well with your efforts and resolutions. Keep us posted on that scale movement as it diminishes. Maybe you''ll get back to being close to that surfer photo you published recently.

    It was about 29 here in Eugene this morning too, pretty chilly for a stroll.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdeguilio

    Bill, thanks for the supportive words! It means a lot and grounds me in my accountability to self and others. As difficult as it will be at times to push myself to do this in the early AM, my wife reminded me that science is on my side--that is, my body's furnace will continue metabolizing at an optimal rate hours after the actual exercise. My daughter returns from her student missionary stint in May, and I want to keep my promise to her to lose some weight before then. So far, at least in regards to day 1 of this journey, I'm sticking to my commitment. Thanks for stopping by and for providing me with added momentum!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha, too funny! I tell you what, though, I am proud of myself for braving the cold and actually getting a really nice 3.5 mile walk in this morning. The real challenge will be tomorrow morning when I wake up with an aching body and knowing that I will have to get back out on the road and do it again. Even so, I'm up for the challenge! Maria, I actually prefer not having music...as you well know the familiar feeling, we Hubbers are constantly wearing this Hub filter that compels us to pick out potential Hub material in our daily activities. I must've encountered four or five potential Hubs during my walk today. That's why I want to stay attuned to my environment and the whispers in my heart. I know you can definitely relate. Hugs in return, HO

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND! I feel great! Yes, I did go on that hour-long walk. Yesterday, I "mapped" out with my car a route that was 3.4 miles long. I actually got back to my house a few minutes before the hour was up, so I added another full block. So I must've walked 3.5 miles in 1 hour. Knowing that my average pace is 17 minutes per mile, approximately, will help me chart out my progress over the year. As I write these words to you, about two hours and fifteen minutes after my walk, I am feeling so energetic. But I know sometime later in the day, I will hit a wall and will need to take a short nap. One thing I really feel good about--well, actually, two things--is that I managed to write a hub on the first day of the year, and that you were the first to stop by and share your wonderful input. Thank you so very much, and Happy New Year!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Keala. It's all about putting one foot in front of the other. Before you know it you're right where you want to be. Good luck with achieving your goals for 2013, you are off to a great start. Happy New Year.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    HEY...HO,

    Why don't you start singing "I'm too sexy for my ..."...now seriously, I know it's friggin cold out there but you have to put some silly little soundtrack in your head and get the heck out there...

    I am so proud of you and I love your writing style as well...see you next time! Hugs, Maria

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Oh what a lovely scenic words to start out the day, even if it is a gray sky.

    So did you take your walk in that frigid weather? I'm afraid I would opt to walk the house inside a few times and call that my walk for the day!

    It is 60 ish here. Rain on the way.

    Hope you enjoyed your first cup of coffee. For me, my first cup splashed all over me and my shampooed carpet as I went to transfer the cup to the computer. My second cup did taste pretty good as I did get to do that little chore with success.

    You are on your way to a great start of the new year. I am looking forward to read your delightful hubs.

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