It is that time of year when it is traditional to make a resolution that will improve the quality of your life. Most people make resolutions like, ‘to stop smoking’ (been there, done that), ‘to lose weight’ (a lost cause), or ‘to work out at the gym more’ (far too much effort.) Usually these great intentions last a few weeks, but no more.
My New Year’s resolution is somewhat more enigmatic and tied to this wonderful image that I got from a Palm Press birthday card received by a dear friend on his birthday. The back says, “My dad photographing a burro somewhere in Arizona.” The photo was taken by Corey Arnold in 2005. (Check Palm Beach out, they have incredible cards!)
I cannot tell you specifically why this is such a great image or what emotion or idea it conveys to me. On the one hand it is a photographer doing what a photographer should do: taking photos of interesting things. But since burros (also known as donkeys) and their sterile offspring, mules, are known for their stubbornness and toughness, the image says more to me than that. Part of it is the humor: all animals of this family are properly referred to as ‘asses’ and a picture of someone taking a picture of his ass is too good to pass up!
But speaking of ‘asses’, maybe that is it, or, more specifically, making one of yourself. If I can paraphrase my good friend and blogger, T, of the Speak Listen Pray Don’t Be Stupid blog, ‘Do what is righteous, just don’t be stupid about it.’
As New Year’s Resolutions go, that is not a bad one—I think I’ll give it a try—and hopefully, for more than a few weeks.
See you next year!
I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.