Friday, January 01, 2010
Stepping up to the Plate of Life in 2010
Our home early morning January 1, 2010
Just as many other do at year's end, I spent much of December 2009, looking back: reviewing, thinking, contemplating events, feelings, life during the year. Am pleased in many ways and noted areas/ways to more fully embrace life as 2010 unfolds. Smiled and felt good about the ups; recognized the downs - letting go of what I cannot control and developing strategy to decrease the slides, not dig the pit deeper; and to maximize the uplifting.
Calf Corral and "New Barn" early morning January 1, 2010
Some years ago I read a book titled something like: "You Can Have Anything you Want" ---- with the smaller add on "but not everything you want." It made a lot of sense to me then, the concept is still relevant today. It helps me focus and consider direction and choices. It is really easy for me to gaze about and want to try many things, unfortunately, by spreading time, energy, talent in many directions, there is a tend not to do any of them well or to finish many projects. That would be OK, if I did not feel guilty, unsettled, unfulfilled looking at a chaotic mess. On the other hand, exacting routine, rote repetition, replication is deadly for me. Each year this is a struggle, balancing to keep motivated and stimulated which drives creative initiative; yet not falling into a chaotic pit which leads to incapacitation and feeling overwhelmed.
Old Log Smithy - now Maple Sugar Shack - early morning January 1, 2010
Lately, have been pondering consistency versus repetition. How to do some basic things routinely yet avoid the boring life draining repetition. Looking at ways to keep my environment stimulating not overwhelming. Organizational and management strategies to set a solid base that allows, promotes flexibility, creativity, joy of doing.
My Studio, early morning January 1, 2010