Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm gonna sit right down....

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen, physician, author, storyteller

a new year. I'm not one to make new year resolutions, but this year I have started a list of goals for the year. my first item is make more lists. I used to be a great list maker, but over the last few years the only lists I routinely make are grocery lists. my new year's resolutions are fairly boring and include such things as: listen more, talk less; write letters; record books read (I'm keen to end the year like dumdad); go to more movies (in 2008 I hit an all time low in terms of movies seen); organize my digital photographs; be like et; exercise more. yes, quite boring.

here we are at day 6. I'm starting off fairly well. my movie buds went to see doubt last night (my resolve to see more movies started in december with milk). by the way, both movies are well worth trekking out to catch and certainly worthy of all the oscar buzz. I wrote down the first book I finished in 2009 on pages designated for 'books read' in my jotting journal (minette walter's the devil's feather). and now I'm going get off the computer and make like et and call home.

song fats waller I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter

photo: university circle, cleveland

14 comments:

edward said...

i'm going to listen more this year.

R.L. Bourges said...

Rachel Naomi Remen sounds like an interesting lady.

What is that building?

Dumdad said...

Oooo, thanks for the mention! It's the second year I've kept a book list and it's quite interesting to look back and see what I've read. I've mentioned elsewhere before I'm not doing it as a sort of boast "look how many books I've read." In fact, many people read far more books than me.

I should have, perhaps, published a list of about 250 books just to freak people out!

Megan said...

I love Minette Walters!

Megan said...

Oh, and the letter thing. Yes. Definitely doing that.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

eddy - I hear you!

rlb - rnr is a very interesting and inspiring individual. I love her book kitchen table wisdom (and it's sequel) filled with stories that teach. the mural is on part of the western reserve historical society's crawford museum building - however the wrhs apparently doesn't have anything to do with the mural, when I called to find out the name of the artist, everyone I spoke with was clueless. now I have a call in with the folks at university circle, inc and awaiting their call back. curious minds want to know! guess signage is a problem with most public art!!

dd - I'll never read as many books as I'd like. but a list will help me remember titles (and authors) - which I hate to admit I'm prone to forget. I certainly wouldn't want to engage in any competitions.....

happy reading!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

megan - minette books can take hold that's for sure!! off to write a letter

jenclair said...

I love lists! Sometimes I write things on my list that I've already done just so I can mark them off. :)

tut-tut said...

Well, my resolve it to purge some of my book piles. Maybe I'll post some and see if anyone wants them before I cart them off.

I just read a book by Tana French: The Likeness. The main character is a Dublin undercover cop. This is the second; the first, In the Woods, I haven't read yet.

Betty said...

I like lists (I get very stressed without them) but I love your list of things you hope to do. All positive, good stuff. Looking forward to reading about the books and the films and seeing more pics

Chuck Pefley said...

I'm not one for formalized resolutions either, but I do have goals for this coming year. Good for you for making more lists. They help ... especially if there is a master list listing the lists :)

The mural today is wonderful. Very full of subtle meaning. I like it very much. Thanks for posting that one.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

jenclair - crossing things off is what I love most about having a list!

tut - good luck with the pile of books. I just ordered 'in the woods' from the library. checked it out and it really swept up the mystery awards when it first came out. love a good mystery set some place interesting. and always up to discover a new series. thanks!!

betty - there is definitely something grounding about having lists!

chuck - I'm having a devil of a time trying to find out the name of the artist of the mural however. glad you like it and thanks for dropping in!

R.L. Bourges said...

just a note to say I've started exploring the link to Rachel Naomi Remen - Great stuff. The whole objective mindset in the medical culture and how it can 'wound' the caregiver - fabulous. Again, thanks for the link.

WAT said...

I listen quite a bit at work to my co-workers and all their problems/stories. I've become kind of a psychotherapist of sorts! Pretty cool!

I soooooooooo wanna see DOUBT too! Looks awesome! I mean, just look at the cast!