As you know, I like tootling along in the slow lane, making jam, planting onions, reading books made of trees. Just this past weekend, I sewed up a satchel for my laptop. And if that’s not an emblem for the coming year, I can’t think of one that is. On the outside, you’ve got something hand-crafted. On the inside, a machine that’s a sign of the times: speed, connection, information, and oh that monkey, monkey mind.
Because 2011 is the year of the book. My book, which comes out in March. So while books usually take me to the slow side, this book means crankin’ things up. My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas is going on tour. Ten weeks on the road starting in June, from California to Indiana and parts in between. And having just spent the last of my trust fund, I am become my own publicist. Let’s not even get into the details of such a chore except to say it’s composed of a million little pieces that could well fritter away my brain.
So my challenge in the midst of the whirl is to do something slow every day, to bring it all back to the ground of stillness and contemplation.
New Year’s Resolution #1: Take a tip from that satchel with the laptop inside: Wrap each day in slowness. To start with, on waking, give an hour to writing. Sit for awhile and breathe. In. Out. And before tucking myself in for the night, have a nice, slow read.