January 3, 2021-A New Year, a New Beginning, and The Planting Of Seeds
“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.”Debby Boone
January is traditionally a time for new beginnings, reflections, and setting our intentions for a happier and healthier coming year. We make resolutions to be better, stronger and cull out the clutter in our lives. We evaluate where we have been and where we want to go in our personal journeys. We begin to plan the garden of our lives.
2020 was a year full of challenges on many levels from the economic, personal and social impacts on the world stage of a tragic pandemic, to racial and political strife at home here in the United States. Our lives were dramatically changed, and during this time we learned ways to adapt, change our behaviors and as a result, invaluable lessons about ourselves in regards to what we value. Whereas before, we didn’t have to think about our choices and any risks involved in joining family and friends for social gatherings, grabbing a bite at our favorite restaurant, and shopping in local stores. Like the lyrics from the song, Big Yellow Taxi,
“Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone….Joni Mitchell
Our days now, by necessity, have significant restrictions on how and where we spend our time. Looking ahead to the coming year, we can glean clues for our future direction from lessons we’ve learned the last 12 months. What is it that we want?, as a renowned writer, poignantly asked in her poem The Summer Day:
“Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”Mary Olliver
In looking back over the past year, I learned how the closing of one door, in our case the cancellation of 16 shows, led to the opening of others. Determining how we spent our days with social restrictions gave us more time at home. We learned how to use technology to maintain treasured connections with family and friends, exploring new ways to mark celebrations. We adjusted economically, determining what was actually needed rather than spontaneous “wants”. An unexpected outcome was that we found time to explore other avenues of creativity in the areas of nature photography, painting and silversmithing. We also spent more time exploring the natural world in both Maine and New Hampshire, and were inspired and reassured by the simple lesson that change is part of life and we will survive.
With the inspiration of New Years Resolutions, I am planting seeds to help grow my own garden with an intention to both increase a healthy balance and explore creative self-expression. A balanced life has a big umbrella, encompassing the choices I will need to make on a daily basis that impact me emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Balance also means striking a medium between work and “play”. Setting an intention to develop creative expression, means I need to make sure I designate the time and space to “play”.
These are ambitious seeds to plant and will, like our gardens, need intentional care and nurturing. But unless we dream it and envision our destination, we won’t discover the myriad and vital ways to get there.
What lessons did you learn from the past year and what seeds do you intend to plant for your coming year?
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Here are some of my favorite quotes to inspire in this next chapter of our lives.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”C.S. Lewis
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”Germany Kent
“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”Josiyah Martin
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”Socrates
“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”Helen Keller
“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”Alex Merritt
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”Eleanor Roosevelt
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘it will be happier.’”Alfred Lord Tennyson
Betty Jean Wilcox
January 3, 2021
I love where you have gone with this, Wendy! We, too, have been reviewing what we’ve done, how we’ve done it, what we’ve learned. One thing we’ve done a lot this year is just sit together looking out at our world. Wind, waves, sun, rain, fog, gulls soaring overhead, chickadees cheerfully flitting by, an occasional eagle flyby, now and then a comment by one of us about something that catches our attention. What it does is create calm and appreciation for the magical world surrounding us, something too easily lost when we are bustling about with all the have to dos and want to dos. It has been an unexpected gift in the midst of the chaos and stress of this past year. You’ve added many good quotes to extend the inspiration from the one I sent. The Alfred Lord Tennyson one particularly tickles my mind with images from that threshold. May 2021 be a happier, healthy and productive year utilizing the lessons of 2020. Love to you and Ron!
January 3, 2021
Thank you Betty Jean for your original quote, and your reflective thoughts here. I believe that spending time and observing nature has been the balm that has kept us calm and less prone to anxiety over the state of the world. Recognizing the value of this gift of time, we have promised ourselves to make more of it in the coming year. It means making some decisions and changes to a schedule that too often was “too full” in the past. We’ve had time to evaluate what is truly important and are taking steps to find the balance that allows us to find meaning in both work and play. Looking forward to a healthier and happier year for all of us….and time with treasured friends without the fear of a pandemic.
Betty Jean Wilcox
January 5, 2021
Yes, together sometime somewhere. And we’ll take time to savor and appreciate that togetherness when we have it!
January 5, 2021
Looking forward to freedom with family and friends in 2021!