Friday, December 28, 2012
January: “The Chance You Had is the Life You’ve Got”
Twelve months, twelve moments, and twelve resolutions, sort of. Let all the resolutions be little things, not men flying tricolors from barricades, but gestures, gazes, songs.
In January, in training for the Camino de Santiago which I would begin with Marian in May, I was home in Massachusetts with Katie, reading a book that moved me as few have.
The book was Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (pictured above). It is the fictional narrative of a married woman looking back on her life.
This is the post.
Here is an excerpt from the book.
The chance you had is the life you’ve got. You can make complaints about what people, including you, make of their lives after they have got them, and about what people make of other people’s lives, even about your children being gone, but you mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks.” I am not all the way capable of such, but those are the right instructions.
Here is my resolution: To read a book aloud with Katie this year. Maybe Hannah Coulter.