So it happened last weekend, when a lack of sleep and a glut of wine led me to be a bit more prickly than usual with friends and family at our annual New Year's Eve gathering. When offered a compliment from a friend about Chasing Shade, I immediately turned it around with a sarcastic comment and self deprecation. I had what I thought was a good reason -- I do wish people would be more comfortable putting comments on the blog itself rather than emailing me their comments or posting them on Facebook -- but I should have been more encouraging and appreciative for the comment and the support. With some extra self-reflection, I realized that my assumptions regarding family and friend support for my blog leave me sometimes feeling (and acting) self-absorbed and presumptuous which is exactly what I wanted the blog to overcome. Ahh, what to do, what to do.
Add "Less Self Absorbed" to my list of 2011 New Year's Resolutions. Along with Lose 20 pounds, Workout every day, Get a job that provides health insurance, and Drink less wine. Each of these resolutions has as much chance of success as the others, and is completely capable of being measured objectively and of being attained. Especially now that I have a wedding to prepare for (latest news puts the Date at early August 2012 -- meaning three weddings in six months for the Sullivan extended family!). If I haven't learned to be less prickly and less self absorbed by then, I'm in Big Trouble!
LATEST GOOD BOOK READ: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson -- A charming love story about a retired English major and a Pakistani widow in a small village in England. Beautifully written, if small in scope.