In the past, I’ve chosen a word or a phrase to focus my work, both professional and personal.
This year, I’ve opted for a poem instead.
The poem is Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation.” The whole poem is worth reading, but here are the lines that I keep thinking about (emphasis mine) as I hope, plan for, and begin my work in this new year.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it…
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias…
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts…