The good news is that, if I stick to it, it’ll likely take; I tend to respond well to discipline, and can really get into the swing of it once it’s in place. The bad news is that when my discipline breaks down, I have a tendency to go totally off the rails, wallowing in a way that progressively undermines everything that makes me feel good about myself in a long-range sense, in favor of things that will make me feel good right now.
So: this morning I turn over a new leaf. Somehow that metaphor has lost something in the digital, as I’ve got neither a calendar page nor a journal page to turn. But nonetheless: a new semester, a new regime, and a new blog post to mark the moment.