100 Days

There are one hundred days until the end of the year. What are you going to do with those days? Will you finally get around to the New Year’s resolutions you made and promptly forgot? Are you going to slack off, giving yourself permission to take a break from the breakneck speed of your life? Are you going to get going on that novel you wanted to start, continue, finish, or edit? Are you going to make inroads in the pile of to-be-read books on your nightstand, or finally read some of those ebooks you downloaded? Are you going attempt the photography project you always wanted to do? Are you going to blog every day?

That’s what I’m going to do — recommit to blogging every day. I’ve been blogging every day for the past 365 days, and I intend to extend that commitment to the end of the year. (I’ll try to make the blogs interesting because posting something just to post something sort of negates the “challenge” part.) Feel free to join me! We can help each other, offering encouragement or topics when the will begins to wane. And it does. When I was grieving, it was easier to come up with topics than it is now when I am in a more comfortable situation. It’s hard to find lesson in being at peace. I suppose peace is a lesson in itself, but what can you say beyond that you’re at peace?

Still, I do manage to find something to write about. My sincere apologies for the more mindless posts and my eternal gratitude to everyone who reads what I write. A special thank you to those who comment, and a heartfelt appreciation for the thought-provoking responses. It’s always good to have more thoughts in my head than simply those I put there.

Even in a year as difficult and as slow as this one, the days do pass. And in 100 days it will be over. I have no great belief that next year will be better, so it’s not as though I’m counting down to the end of the year in order to get rid of this one. It’s more about taking something besides fear and isolation out of this year. It’s about making this year count, or at least making the last 100 days count. How are you going to make your days count?


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

11 Responses to “100 Days”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Your posts are a lot of fun to read.

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    Don’t know how you do it, Pat…especially being as homebound as we are all right now. I’ve much enjoyed following your streak, and I’m happy to see it continue.

    As for the next 100 days, well, I think I’ll pretty much continue on doing what I’ve been doing, but that I’ll approach 2021 with a sense of closure and the hope that a “cure” will be found sometime during the first half of the new year. That creates a little hope, however misguided it may turn out to be, in my life, and I need that right now.

  3. Uthayanan Says:

    Congratulations for 100 days. Please continue your Journey.
    When you have better forme and good biorhythm write three articles and publish one.
    I got this idea from Amélie Nothomb (pen name) is a Belgian Francophone novelist. (Baroness Fabienne-Claire Nothomb)
    She writes three books every year and publish only one. I love very much her style.
    Again congratulations for your 7+3 books.

  4. rami ungar the writer Says:

    With the last 100 days this year, I’m hoping to get a few stories accepted for publication, and just end the year on a high note. Don’t know if I will, given the year, but I gotta try.

  5. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    I really do admire you for being able to stick with it. Your posts are enjoyable to read, even those in which I might disagree with a particular point of view you’ve taken. That’s sort of the point of blogging, isn’t it? 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Yes, it’s exactly the point! People who disagree with me here are civil about it, and it leads to a discussion. Elsewhere, people can get nasty, but here, people are good to me.

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