Creative resolutions and possible goals for the year keep drifting into my thoughts as I begin 2017. Hopes, dreams and aspirations also fade in and out. I think about possible long- and short-term plans, as well as about making changes. Already I feel overwhelmed. It’s time to do things differently.
My past resolutions, wonderful as they have often been at the beginning of a new year, always seem to have been thwarted and that has led to a sense of failure and despondency. Creative resolutions, on the other hand, can be fluid, changeable.
Goal-setting is a different activity. I’m quite good at deciding what I want and making plans that look good on paper and which I frequently achieve.
There are are things I’m looking forward to in the coming year and plenty to do.
- John had a knee reconstruction before Christmas and we’re both looking forward to him feeling better and being fully active again.
- My work, but not my involvement, at the Spirit of the Streets Choir will finish mid-year with the production of a book to commemorate the choir’s tenth anniversary.
- We’ve ordered a new camper-van which will be delivered in March. I’ll write more about that, I’m sure.
I’ll turn eighty in November, and I want this year to be my year. I want 2017 to be different from other years as part of my celebration. I’m grateful for the blessings of good health; a dear husband; a loving, large and still-growing family; friends, my home and garden. I’m grateful that I have the energy and the opportunity to work, to learn, to satisfy my curiosity and creativity.
This year, I’m aiming for quality of life, not only achievements. Achievements, if there are any, will be a by-product, not an end. I would like to think that by this time next year, I will have softer edges and greater serenity.
I hope it is not too late to
- Live as fully as I can in the present moment
- Respond, rather than react, to people, events and creative promptings
- Create pockets and vistas of beauty in our house and garden
- Express gratitude for simple blessings
- Be active every day
- Smile more.
This is not a list of resolutions so much as a desire for change of direction with endless possibilities.
Happy and serene New Year!