Commitment Phobic

Choose something within your control.

Posted Dec 31, 2016

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I am not the queen of commitment, but I’ve chosen something for 2017 that I really think I can do. No more resolutions to lose ten pounds, get married, have children. Now I’m committing to something within my control (and my taste). I’m going to chronicle Mill Valley once a week with a photo that I’ll post on social media.

I’ve wanted to do this for years—before Mill Valley morphed from charming town into traffic gridlock. Before the mom-and-pop stores were run out of business thanks to high rents. Back in the day when Michele Slatalla wrote in the New York Times that if Mill Valley were a boy she’d have a crush on him.

We don’t exactly have seasons in California. But we have some deciduous trees that lose their leaves. When we’re not drought-inflicted, we have wet winters and dry summers. The hills are green in summer after the rains and tawny in the dry months.

It seldom snows, though last week we had ice on our windshields because it dipped below freezing. Piazza d’Angelo restaurant, which fronts the downtown plaza, trucks in snow once a year for the kids to see.

A word about making a commitment you can keep: When I had another job, but wanted to pursue my writing, I committed to write for one hour a week. I knew I could do this. Twice a month I generated new writing, and twice a month I revised pieces for publication. I went to the library, where I wouldn’t be distracted by dishes, laundry, or other chores. For an hour I wrote, even though in winter I seemed to write the same things over and over. (I have nothing to say, I have nothing to say.)

Here's another thing about writing, out loud: You're more likely to keep the commitment or resolution if you say it. So, I'm committing to snap a photo, once a week, or at least once a month.

This time, I’m choosing something easier than writing. Point and shoot. Anything will do. At least once a month.

Prompt: Write about one commitment you're making for 2017.

© 2017 by Laura Deutsch