Beginning a new year is always an opportunity to start with a clean slate. It is refreshing! New year, new beginnings, new goals … all of which are possible because we have learned so much of not only what to do, but also what not to do during the previous year. We know what we want more of, and what we want less of. Tuning-in to that 'knowing' is the magic potion. We can do this.
The set of three images above are symbolic to me and the new year. The first is a look at the most captivating calendar from Instagram. Not only is it adorable, but the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the United States. The daily images are the beloved fur babies of so many folks from all over the world. It is important to give each new day a fresh start. The day deserves it. You deserve it. As I begin each day, I look forward to seeing which fur baby is next. The way he or she will be garnished with interesting jewels, blankies, scarves, or any other random item their loving parent feels necessary to complete the sharing. These little things make the shots even more love-filled to me. For a change this year, I am going to notice the calendar each morning. Giving each day the respect it deserves seems important. We are so blessed to be given another opportunity to wake up and live this intricate life, so lets do it with some patience and observation. It is healthy.
The second image is my hand, a paper card, and the word …you. You matter. When I brought this image into the set, I intended to include the entire image, but it had other plans. When I looked at the way it rested initially … I loved the way the word 'you' placed itself. Our hands are useful tools, yet such tender friends. We use our hands to not only feed the body with food, but also as tools for work to support the body and fulfill our physical needs. This image symbolizes you, me, anyone really and the gift that is at each of our fingertips for the sharing. Ourselves … the you in each of us that can reach out to others and share.
The third image is important for our spiritual growth. We need to nurture ourselves so that we can be the best person that we are. There is much wisdom in the old saying: "If you do not take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others." This is where pastimes are important. We each have that builtin box of gifts, needs, and wants. Find yours. Spend time with those pastimes with which you were born. Visiting with yourself is a need not a want.
With much artful love and friendship, I wish you and yours a spiritually nourishing 2015! This is going to be the best year for us!