I daresay there are few among us who aren’t at some level happy to have closed the door of 2020. While I would hope on a personal level everyone found some measure of peace and grace in the year, collectively there was so much dross to wade through, so much grief and sadness to sit with, I think we’re all feeling exhausted. Wiser no doubt, with clearer agendas of what changes we want to be part of implementing, but the toll paid in heavy hearts can’t be discounted.
Which perhaps makes it all the more delightful to lean into the invitation of a new blank page. The really big page of a new calendar year on which we accept creative responsibility to fill.
As is my custom, I took time between the winter solstice and New Year’s to reflect. To pull the gifts and lessons of 2020 and use them to help me envision the next steps on my journey. I once again indulged in my love for paper creations, and put together a twenty-panel folded accordion book filled with words and pictures. Some of the panels are devoted to what I’m claiming and others to what I’m calling in. This has been an annual practice of mine for a number of years now, and I keep the booklet on one of my altars all year long, referring to it often.
I had a fabulous time creating it, and it’s a rich framework to organize some of my more rambling thoughts and observations. I believe in the power of naming things and the delight in doing so, and I take joy in naming the year I intend to live into – Embracing the Infiniteness of Self. Doesn’t that sound like a wild and wonderful undertaking?
I’ve long espoused Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s adage paraphrased as “Enter as you wish to continue.” I think it’s a perfect reminder of paying attention to what energy we’re holding, and being intentional about it. I’m also particularly appreciating Rainer Maria Rilke’s invitation:
“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
Isn’t this the perfect year for that? So much of what once was has collapsed and we’re tasked with envisioning the new and finding ways to create it. Let’s create some magic and lots of beauty, and make 2021 a year worth celebrating. May all beings everywhere know love, support, comfort, and compassion. I wish you all the best, and a year filled with endless blessings and much joy!
I’d love to hear what energy you’re choosing to hold for the year – do tell!