Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Talk Time Tuesday - Calendars with Kate Walker

  Looking back at past posts I've written for my first post in January,  the first post for the beginning of a 'new year', I've noticed that I seem to end up writing about New Year Resolutions - or the
lack of them. Or the reasons why I don't believe in these resolutions to be 'a better you' , a 'better writer' - ie a writer who writes more, to be thinner, more efficient,  exercise more.

I still feel that way.  Last year was hard enough on a lot of people, in a lot of ways. It was filled with tension and discomfort  (mental discomfort mainly, but also some bad physical discomfort when I sprained my back badly and could hardly walk for two weeks).  There was so much uncertainty, in elections and  the referendum  and something that almost ended up as the new guessing game - which celebrity  is going to die next.  I even saw people posting worries about the  Queen because she didn't appear at church for Christmas.   Talk about borrowing trouble as my mother used to say - we  didn;t seem to have enough worries of our own - instead it seemed some people had to invent them, imagine them, create concerns in their own minds before anything actually happened.

For myself, I found that the worst things that happened were to ones that I had never anticipated
or  feared. The ones that just appeared without warning - and all the worrying - or resolutions -  in the world wouldn't have done anything to  create or to stop them.  ( A  sprained back being the perfect example.)

My friend Holly Jacobs always chooses a word to live by for each  year. Her choice for 2017 is HOPE - a good one I think. We  need hope to keep us going forward  in a confused and uncomfortable time. What 's that Chines Proverb - may you live in interesting times.  Personally, I found 2016 just a little too 'interesting.' I thought about following Holly with a one word - and I was toying with peace - or calm - or anything that meant getting on with today and not focussing on all the other things  going on around me - the things I can't do anything about.
But no word seemed quite right until I thought that the important word in that sentence above is 'today'.

 Have you ever noticed   how some  Christmases, your gifts seem to major on one thing - perfumed soap  or hand and body lotion perhaps,  Or  chocolates or  - well, this always happens with me - books.  I always get lots of books.

Well, this year  the gifts under the tree majored in Calendars. I have  365 days of Kittens -  and Hot Dudes Reading . I have a purely functional Year Planner - Vintage Cat Illustrations -  and a beautiful  desk calendar  for one day at a  time - and a cute Cat Nap on each day. That's the one that is staring me in the face as I write this. It's the one  that always brings a smile to my face (not  that the kittens and the Hot Dudes don't! )   All the calendars are up on different walls - in the kitchen - by the phone, in my office . . . And they all have important dates, deadlines, birthdays, dates for the courses I'm teaching written on them.  But I love the one day at a time  Cat Nap because - well because it's one d
ay at a time. And that's really all we can focus on properly . All we have right now.
 There's a great saying:

 Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present.

 The full quote often reads: "The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man.Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present "
In the 1902 book, "Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights..." by Alice Morse Earle.

Today is what we have right now.  It is too often neglected as we plan for  new things, aim for more achievements, more  'improvements'.     It's also all we can really deal with right now - we can work towards the future or  hope to move away from the past  - but what we have  is today.  The present.  It's a really great gift and I intend to  live for the present  as best I can - because I 'll never k
now what's just around the corner.

So - that word is today. You can add 'seize the day' as in carpe diem and that's fine too. But looking at the glorious - if bitterly cold - sunshine on frost  outside my window, I know that  just knowing I have today if great for me.

What about you? Resolutions or not?  Do you have a special word  for your year - or just give up on the whole things?

Whatever you feel and however you're going forward into 2017, I hope it's a wonderful year for you. One filled with love and peace and calm  and success, day by day  as each dawn gives us a chance to live that wonderful today.

Happy New Year!

My 65th title Indebted to Moreno  was published in October, but it’s still around.  I’m also delighted to say that a  couple of backlist titles  that have been missing  - The Sicilian’s Wife and A Sicilian Husband – are being issued as separate ebooks   in November  (though they've been in the collection Claimed By The Sicilian if you wanted in 3 in 1) .  And if you’re in Australia then there’s a special 3 in 1 Collection of my books  - Surrender to The Sheikh out now. 
 This three in one contains Desert Affair, AT the Sheikh's Command and Destined for The Desert King.

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  1. Happy New Year! I don't make resolutions. I don't currently have a yearly mantra, either.


    1. Thank you Denise! I gave up on resolutions some years back as they all seemed designed to make you feel you just weren't good enough -when we are! Didn't plan on a yearly mantra either - though I love the way Holly does this - but somehow that today word just fell into place. Whatever - I hope 2017 is a fabulous year for you.

  2. Kate, I love your word! I'm HOPING that every TODAY this year is filled with glee for all of us!


  3. Ah, my lovely friend Holly - you always inspire me and I would have gone with HOPE if you hadn't already grabbed it - so I'm sending TODAY's HOPE back at you for some fabulous glee. Happy - and hopeful -, today and all of 2017. Katex