Thursday, January 1, 2004

New Year's Revelations

As I already tend towards resoluteness, it seems more inspiring to me to acknowledge my new year's revelations - those understandings recently made present and currently sustaining me.

The academic life can be strangely isolating. I work too much, and spend too much time online. Both give me a great deal of pleasure, but should be better balanced with being outside and playing and connecting with friends and loved ones. I've spent a lot of time with my sweetie recently and, after being together for six years, I am more convinced than ever that he is the one for me. I talked with one of my oldest and dearest friends the other day, and even though she lives across the country, just hearing her voice made me incredibly happy. She also sent me a William James quote that made me smile and think especially of people I care about but only have regular contact with online: "Wherever you are, its your friends who make your world." I love and need my family and friends - not only do they bring me great joy, but with them I am a greater person.

Happy New Year! May you usher it in with friends and loved ones - and make space for new relationships to come.

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