The glow of a new year and infinite possibilities…
“Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author.
First published in 2016, this sketch was completed in one of my many sketchbooks, the Strathmore Visual Mixed Media Journal.
(Mixed media including watercolour, acrylics, pan pastels, in Strathmore Visual Mixed Media Journal.)
Beginnings hold the possibility of renewal in many forms.
Teachers know that each semester begins with the possibility of enthusiastic, energized, disciplined students, supportive parents, better preps, fewer administrative tasks. Of course, within a week, a teacher is well aware which way the wind is blowing for the remainder of the semester. She has to re-evaluate her approach many times during a semester.
Similarly, there is nothing wrong with taking stock of resolutions or goals more than once a year. Questions that I ask myself every now and then:
- Am I spending enough time doing the things I like?
- Is one endeavour preventing me from accomplishing other tasks?
- Is it becoming a factor of stress in my life?
For example, if I spend more time on social media sites, it diminishes the amount of work I can accomplish whether it is working on my art, or getting enough exercise, or even meeting with friends. I am always trying to achieve a balance and not allow one aspect to overtake my life at any given moment.
Ultimately, when I take stock of my achievements, I ask the question: Am I happy with the road I have taken?
For smack dab in the middle of these monthly, or yearly assessments( or recriminations) is the knowledge that time waits for no one.
So do whatever makes you feel most alive while finding room for other interests and possibilities that will enrich your life.
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” – Harvey MacKay.
To all my friends and followers, I wish you time to take care of yourself and your health and your happiness in 2023. Thank you for being there!