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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Vote: Cockeyed Optimist

Okay, okay, I know it’s a brand spanking new year, and I’m supposed to make some goals.  Heaven knows I have enough areas of my life that need some tidying up, but I’m choosing instead to pass on specific goals and wrap myself in a blanket of positive “what ifs.”

·      What if I sign with a literary agent this year? (I may just sprout wings and fly.)
·      What if I finally get the boxes unpacked in the garage? (I’ve been in the house 8 years.)
·      What if a publisher slurps up one of my manuscripts? (Back handspring, even though I haven’t done one in 30+ years.  Get the hip surgeon ready.)
·      What if I unravel the mystery of the wily comma? (I will tame the shape shifter of the punctuation world.)
·      What if I actually do lose weight? (Hush falls over the crowd)

I’ll let Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II sum up my philosophy for 2011 with a few lyrics from their awesome song, “Cockeyed Optimist,” from the musical, SOUTH PACIFIC.

I could say life is just a bowl of Jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I'm stuck like a dope
With a thing called hope,
And I can't get it out of my heart!
Not this heart...”


  1. Thank you, Lisa. I also plan to continue the fine arts of procrastination and over-thinking.

  2. Yes to all...

    This year I have only one goal - to progress. I'll be happy if by Dec 31st I've taken a few baby steps forward in any area of my life. Maybe I really should have just made the goal to survive. No, that was last year's goal and I achieved it - barely.

  3. SURVIVAL! I knew there was a what if I forgot. It's soooooo on my list.

  4. Get ready to fly and do back handsprings, baby! I think 2011 is the year of the Rose. Leslie Rose, that is.

  5. Now that's what I call some fine optimism Julie! Much appreciated.

  6. Testing 1 2 3, testing the letters thingy...

  7. What if-- two very big words! My goal this year is also to make progress, to grow.

  8. Heya Shermanhouse - agree, agree, agree.