I woke up this morning and it was a new day, a new week, and a new year. My New Year’s Eve wasn’t a big celebration. In fact, I was asleep by 10, and enjoying that until the sound of fireworks jarred me awake. Finding my earplugs and snuggling back into my covers I slumbered until I woke up in a new year and with a bigger number on the calendar.
Over the years I have enjoyed quiet family New Years Eve celebrations at home when my kids were young, and I’ve also danced at private parties in Reno with Huey Lewis singing on the stage. But this year I didn’t need or want to dress in sparkles and be in a crowd. I didn’t need or want a huge meal or a table full of snacks. I didn’t need or want to take a trip and be somewhere new to watch the year change. For me this year, watching a little television and being asleep by 10 felt right.
This morning as I took down the Christmas tree, and boxed up all the decorations from the holidays, I thought of the year behind me. The things I accomplished. The experiences. The sadness. The joy. With every box I closed I also closed a little more of the year I had just lived.
I pondered the new year ahead. Instead of aggressively running through all the determined goals I want to accomplish, I held a calmness about the new year. Knowing that, the year will be more of a peaceful sightseeing journey than a planned drive towards a controlled destination.
I pick a word every year to guide my thoughts and actions. My word for this year is ‘Create.’ Just that word nudges me to a peaceful vision. Like a brush stroke slowly moving across a canvas, as the colors blend shading and highlighting all there is to see in the painting. There is a calmness in that vision. An inspired intention to create beauty.
This year I hope to create more of this calm beauty in myself, my life, and my world. I will do this by making time for things I love doing. Time for painting more, sewing more, cooking more, reading more, writing more, and speaking more. All the things that put me in that space of creative calmness. I do have a few things in mind that I plan to create this year that I expect to be fabulous. But I won’t be pushed by a list of goals or an outline of projects and steps to completion. I will be guided by the gentle journey of creating.
Will you join me? Maybe you think you are not artistic, but I believe you are. We all are. There is an art to creating in any fashion. We can all create better, or new, relationships. We can all create a beautiful space in our home and work environment. We can all create more love, more joy, and more happiness in our life and the lives of others.
It isn’t that difficult. Don’t make it into stress or another pressure in your life. Creating doesn’t have to be big and bold like noisy fireworks in the sky. Creating can be a quiet, peaceful sightseeing journey. Every day look at your life and surroundings in a new way. Life is a thing of beauty. Life is an artful creation. You can find beauty in the simple things. And you can create this year to be filled with the simple beauty you deserve.
I plan to create a wonderful year! Will you?
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Pennie’s Life Lesson:
We all have the ability to create beauty in life.
Start creating now!
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