Before I say thank you and goodbye to this 2017, I’d like to do something a bit different and steer clear from the traditional long list of New Year’s resolutions. This time, I wish to set myself up to welcome anything that might come my way instead. There’s no point in being trapped in that feeling of doom and gloom caused by a series of self-inflicted promises made by me to me;
the pressure on oneself is enormous and too overbearing. Yes, lists can be useful and motivating provided you don’t view them as soul contracts.
This upcoming New Year I want to feel inspired and inspire. I want to be defiant in the face of what goes on around in the world. I want to be the one dot of ink that spreads out on the white pristine page.
Hear me calling
Apparently my astrological predictions for 2018 are amazing. So, carried through by this positive wave of stars alignment, It might be a great opportunity to finally find out what my calling is.
Confusion still reigns fiercely in my head, perhaps due to my ever-present disconnection between head and heart. I am in no doubt, however, that like a sculpture waiting to be shaped all I have to do is slowly chip away at whatever it is that’s hiding the answer.
It’s all down to the courage of being creative.
As Julia Cameron writes in The Artist Way, feeding one’s artistic soul is paramount for a creative person and she suggests having an Artist Date once a week; a day for yourself in which you can do whatever inspires you, challenges you and puts play into your life.
In other words, you surround yourself with Cre-Activities.
Just like feeding my artist self is essential, and it still is one of my aims, I also wish to prep my garden for what can grow next.
For now Be The Best by Douglas Malloch will be my personal inspiration. Safe in the knowledge that any good intention starts with planting powerful seeds.
Be The Best of Whatever You Are
If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass –
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail –
Be the best of whatever you are!
I won’t fall into the trap of remembering my 2017 for every single tragedy and evil in the world, or anything that hasn’t worked out like I wanted it to. Gratefulness is what drives me. I will always choose to see life with eyes of hope; marvel at what we have and cherish even the smallest of things.
I can’t think of a better soundtrack to close this 2017 than What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, famously sung by Luis Armstrong.
May your 2018 be a year in which you shine in your own special way.