A Facebook friend suggested we choose five words to live by in 2011.
This was before New Year's Day, of course, and I had plenty of time to think about it. Just not a lot of time to write about it. Maybe Promptly should, in a spirit of contrition and correction, be one of my words for this year, but it's not one of the words given me. The words that came to me over a period of several days were:
Hush. Turn the radio off. Turn the TV off. Cut the chatter -- especially the interior monologue that I carry on with . . . whom? Hush.
Listen. Turn my inner ear toward the heavens and wait expectantly to hear . . . what? Listen.
Ask. Don't assume. Don't jump to conclusions. Don't even hop to conclusions because this has to be done . . . when? Ask.
Focus. One thing at a time. Not twenty. Not twelve. Not two. One that must be done . . . how? Focus.
Obey. Otherwise, what is the point of the other four? Obey.