i usually don't make new year's resolutions as i feel that every day
presents an opportunity to set goals, to strive to do better.
so a couple of years ago i began my own new year's tradition
that would help guide me and my decisions as i navigated through the days & months ahead:
inspired by terry tempest williams, i ask the earth to
"give me one wild word to follow..."
last year the word that popped into both heart and mind was content.
i knew it was time to be content with just a handful of goals, things, people, travels, etc.
i found gratitude for what i already had and for what i was already doing,
and, for the most part, learned to say "no" to very attractive opportunities that were, nevertheless, not quite the opportunities that would have taken me to where i want to be.
this year the one wild word that has kept a solid place in heart and mind is pages.
it truly was the first word to pop into my head as i asked the earth to
give me one wild word to follow.
i did try to reason that word out of my head as i felt a bit of pressure from that word:
i felt that there's no way this year can ask me to fill pages with my own personal writing
as i will be much busier than last year...
but then the wild word gave me some clarification:
pages can indeed be blank pages i fill with my own simple words,
but it can also be the pages i read that contain more words that will inspire and inform.
pages from my piano and violin books as i continue to master such elegant and wise
instruments. pages that i write for professors. pages that are notes to those i love.
this wild word i want to follow will help me to focus
on writing down my thoughts, experiences, feelings as we travel to places near and far,
i will continue writing poetry;
it will remind me to read as many pages from great authors as i can,
i will play music from composers that have inspired my own writing.
this wild word, pages, will motivate me to write, to read, to make music, and to share my humanity.
what's your take on new year's resolutions? do you make them? what are they this year?
would love to hear what has you inspired for the new year ahead.