New Year’s Eve. Are you the type to make resolutions? According to a few websites out there about 40% of us do make New Year’s resolutions. Wikipedia defines them as:
‘A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year’s resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.’
And many people’s resolutions can be very lofty indeed…Lose weight, quit smoking, get organized, spend more time with family, quit drinking, learn something new…etc. And while those may certainly be attainable, at times they can be very challenging. Many people fail at their resolution feeling sad, upset and guilty within a few days or even weeks. Should they have set their goals lower? Should they have worked harder? It’s not for me to say. I contend that maybe choosing things that are more unique is really the answer. Out of the resolutions that I listed very few seem honestly internally generated. They are kind of vague ‘shoulds’ that society pushes upon us. I contend that if you honestly create your resolutions based on your passion….based on what you really want….you will be much more successful at it. When you chase your passion you are more willing to FIGHT for it when times get tough. You find ways. On tougher days to keep your goal alive you search for ways to ‘keep the ball in the air’. Because you care about it….you want it more than you can imagine.
For me….Giving is like that. After completing a year of giving and painting, and then more giving I feel like it is something that I want to ‘chase’ forever. And I will….I will be giving gifts everyday in 2013.
Today’s real gift to myself isn’t necessarily a resolution….more of a letting go of 2012. Don’t get me wrong I had a fantastic year. The Gift Prolific was easily one of the best things I have ever done. I sold a lot artwork this year as well. Selling art supports my family, my dreams, and gives me more time to keep making art….which I love. But there were a lot of painful things mixed in there. And I want to lay them to rest. So my gift today is letting go of these things. Let Go. In fact let these things burn in a fire. Fire….hmm. Fire can be a destructive force. Burning matter into energy. Eating up paper and wood…And it can be supportive at the same time. Creating warmth and light and energy to move forward….Like a furnace or as in a locomotive. Burn the old dark matter to keep this train rolling. Rolling into 2013. (There is a song in there somewhere…hehe) Take care. Happy New Year!