Truth be told, I've never been much on resolutions. I tend to have good intentions (paving the path to who knows where) which are not confined to a specific time of year. There's the ongoing one about about less cheese and more exercise. One friend has set the bar for New Year's resolutions - "wear more jewelry," "get new socks." It's tempting just to copy her resolutions. Most of the time I am in that busy phase between recovering from Christmas and preparing for taxes, buying trips, and the new retail year. Most of the time I'm just busy going along my little merry way, too busy to stop and think about resolutions. I suppose that is the point of the whole thing, to stop and think, to step mindfully into the new year.
One moment that I do pause is when I am writing my annual Christmas letter. It's a big project that usually starts in November and ends up with a double-sided, single-spaced missive which gets sent out to a mailing list of about 100 people and is promply followed by regrets about what I said, which is followed by reassurances from recipients. It's an annual ritual. In writing my letter this year, I came across several aspects of the past year that I certainly hope will continue into the next. Does that preclude them from being resolutions? I hope not.
I have also read a few blog posts this week about people who were stuck in winter blahs or feeling overwhelmed from the holidays. They were realizing that some of their feelings were coming from their lack of time to create which gets back to a fundamental component of my life. So fundamental that I don't really consider it a resolution. It is not something that I resolve to do, it is something that just is. I very strongly believe that the more people make things with their hands, the more they will realize & appreciate the work that other people do with their hands, and the more amazement they will find in the uniqueness of our created world. For me, creating is essential to sanity and happiness.
So I guess there are some resolutions already on tap:
1. Create. To borrow from the ad campaign, just do it. Jump in, make something, anything. Don't worry about how it looks or what other people think of it. Enjoy the action of hands or feet or voice and revel in ability and uniqueness.
2. Facilitate. Help other people see and value and use their own creativity.
3. Savor. Time is going so quickly. Especially when it comes to children. I know, there are aggravating and tired moments, but it is all so very fleeting.
4. Dare. Risk. It's scary and uncomfortable and hard work, but there ARE wonderful rewards awaiting.
5. Pause. Allow some quiet time.
6. Buy local. I am both tired of hearing this message and more committed to it than ever. Does that make sense? But I would like to support the people like me who are working their butts off for something they passionately believe in, and perhaps not contribute as much to a world that simply brings more wealth to the richest few.
7. Hope. Mostly in the power of the individual to make the world a better, prettier, happier place.
Oh, and these are the pictures I sent out with my Christmas letter. I make the photo collages through Walgreens. Since I can never decide about the pictures or the color combo, I make several different collages and then randomly send out one with each letter (or not so randomly since it does take some time to decide who gets what collage). The images themselves speak to me about resolutions for the new year - prettiness and creativity, color, stillness, joy and laughter.