Change is the thing I often wish for but fear and avoid at the same time. I have known this about myself for years but have struggled with how to “change” that aspect of my thinking. So, at the start of this year I decided that I was no longer going to be a slave to my habits and decided to make a single adaptation to my daily habits.
I decided not to do the typical “exercise more” or “eat better” resolutions. Those I work towards every day. There is one thing that I have not really done, however, and I have decided that 2019 is the year. This year I have resolved to begin putting my needs front and center!
If I asked who rode through the dark of night to warn early Americans that British troops were on the way, you (and I) would almost immediately say, “Paul Revere.” For those of you who need a quick memory refresh - Paul Revere was a silversmith in Boston in the 1700’s. On the evening of April 18, 1775 he was summoned by Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston and tasked with riding to Lexington Massachusetts with the news that troops were about to march into the countryside just northwest of Boston with the intention of arresting Samuel Adams and John Hancock. After which it is assumed the troops would continue on to Concord to capture or destroy any military stores of gunpowder or ammunition.
I remember hearing ghost stories as a child. How the tales of souls returned from the great beyond would keep me awake for nights as I imagined a spirit emerging from behind my closet door or a cold, dead hand reaching up from under my bed and grabbing my ankle. In college, on Halloween night, we held seances and played with Ouija boards attempting to summon a spirit or communicate with loved ones long past.