December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Here we are, closing the circle of another magnificent journey around the sun. Each year offers an opportunity to broaden our perspectives by moving through the experiences we encounter and then pausing to reflect on what we've learned. For me, these morsels of thought and awareness have become building blocks in my life's landscape that I can climb up on to see farther than the year before. I look forward to beginning another year of discovery with an open, compassionate, loving and grateful heart.
Last summer, I stumbled upon a quote from the late, great English sculptor and artist, Henry Moore. I've always loved the colossal, organic forms of his work and how dramatically his sculptures change as you walk around them depending on your vantage point. And then his words connected straight to my creative core and are especially fitting here and now:

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."

What a good idea. Sometimes all it takes is re-framing a simple idea to help us realize the potential in each day.

Over the years, I've seen friends and colleagues choose a "word" to guide them through the year ahead. It's not something I usually do, but thought I'd try because I feel that 2017 will need one. So, with Henry's sentiments as my guide, my word for the year ahead will be "harmony." I like the idea that harmony (of all sorts) is something that can be seen, found and felt even in brief, isolated moments of daily life. I hope that by being mindful, I'll be more able to savor those moments and to find more of them...maybe in places that surprise me. How about you? Do you have a word or quote that you connect with at this time of year?

Thank you all for your creative engagement. I love seeing what you've been up to -- in your creative projects, in your home, in your gardens, and in your daily routes. Don't hesitate to share what you've been making and/or are dreaming up!

In 2017, I wish you all the best of health, peace, creative pursuits, friendship, love and adventure. Be good to yourself and to the people who make you and your life better.

Oh! And let's not forget Franny, Lou, and Roscoe -- who have curled up in every chamber of our hearts and home and are closing out 2016 with "A Furry Year in Review." Enjoy!