It’s a popular trend these days to try to sum up all our goals and intentions for the year in one word. Considering my list of resolutions and hopes for the year filled up two journal pages, finding that one word is probably going to be a challenge for me. There is one word that immediately popped into my head – ROUTINE – but I think I should abandon that one as a hopeless longing rather than a resolution since I’m about to break it in just a week when I will move to Chiang Rai for two weeks, go to the Golden Triangle (the meeting point between Thailand, Burma, and Laos) and participate in a filming project for SOLD, stay extra long and teach there, and join in some belated New Year’s festivities that will keep me occupied while my husband goes on a long motorbike trip through Laos and my parents decamp for the States.
Things are never dull around here, and it just goes to show what an ass I am that I actually do say that with a bit of chagrin.
So ROUTINE will not be my word because the craziness of my schedule is something I’m not in control of, and thus any resolution attempting to control such forces is doomed to quick, pitiless, miserable failure.
What I can control, however, is what I do with my time, and as I look over my list of heart-wishes for the year, a different word emerges:
To seek it, to give it – because the best gifts are the ones you share (unless it involves marzipan, in which case, hoard that shit). My focus this year is on finding and spreading inspiration wherever I can.
Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worth of your heart and your soul.
- Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
What’s your journey?
What’s your word?
Live. Capture. Share. Encourage.