Thursday, January 2, 2014


Snow falling has that mesmerizing effect, that pull toward contemplation, that makes us think of newness, beginning again, the possibility of real change, and with blizzard conditions approaching our Massachusetts home, there is plenty of snow to watch.

Add the fact that it is the second day of the new year and I begin to search for pencil and paper to write down some resolutions.

But I don't often do well with resolutions:

I will spend more time with friends and family
I will spend more quiet time in my studio.

I will take my work more seriously
I will laugh more often.

I will post more regularly on my blog
I will spend less time on the computer and more time on my work.

I will believe in myself
I will question myself.

I could go on. My resolutions often take the form of paradoxes and I become like someone trying to walk in two directions at once. But no matter how absurd or antithetical the two parts of a paradox become, according to the classic definition of the word, it can suggest a truth. And so perhaps my best resolutions on this snowy second of January 2014 are not to ignore all the contradictions and seeming impossibilities of my life but to see where they can lead me--and to keep the bird feeder filled.

Happy New Year!


Gypsy Quilter said...

It looks a wee bit chilly. If you make the chocolate chip cookies, I'll bring the cocoa!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

And you will ... I know you and you will follow through on your resolutions. My bird feeder is full...cuz the birdies here need something in this cold weather. I don't do resolutions because I've resolved myself to being "in process" and my "resolutions" typically become burdens and things I've not accomplished. I choose flow and process....and I've always enjoyed yours.


quilthexle said...

Oh I do know about the two-directions-resolutions ;-)) But I'm sure you'll figure it out !! Love the part about laughing more often, that's one of mine, too ;-)