“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” I remember hearing that quote (with ears that hear) for the first time when I was thirty years old.

I took it to heart.

While I have set and achieved many goals in the intervening years, I can also think of many times when I was firing into an empty sky and wondering why my bullets never hit anything. I was aiming at nothing, even though I kept myself busy loading the ammunition and pulling the trigger over and over again.

When I wrote my last post on November 30, 2013, I had no intention of taking such a long vacation from blogging. But come to think of it, I had no intentions at all for my blog in December or 2014 or beyond. So in a sense, I met my expectations–of nothing.

Nine days into the new year, I find myself looking back at the last forty days and wondering why I haven’t taken the time to make New Years’ Resolutions or to get on with life–until today, the day after the last visiting family member went home.

The answer again is that during the last forty days I had no intentions of doing any writing. In fact, I planned to do nothing except spend time with friends and family. By aiming at nothing (when it comes to writing), that is exactly what I achieved during the last forty days.

So for once, by aiming at nothing, I achieved my goals.