Friday, January 01, 2010

Life in the new year

Happy 2010! And let's hope it is. (happy)
Personally, I'm glad to see 2009 go, and the whole decade for that matter. Oh, there were good things, yes, but over all it wasn't the best 10 years of my life.
I'm liking that this new year is MMX in roman numerals. Has a nice solid look to it.
I also think its cool that there was a full moon (and a blue one at that!) on New Year's Eve - that has to mean something. I'm taking it as a good omen.

(click this for a larger view)

I did this "LIFE" piece a while ago. Its actually in color, but can I find the color digital file of it? Noooooo. So organizing some of my files and back ups are in order methinks for the new year.

But it seems appropriate. I've been doing a lot of looking back and looking ahead and thinking about the paths one's life takes, wrong turns, right turns, accidents, lucky breaks, 'what ifs?', where to go next, etc.

Whatever path you take, however well thought out, you're liable to hit a road block or something to test your metal here and there, and its anyone's guess as to which corner it will be hiding around. There are also wonderful unexpected surprises awaiting us all, which appear in just as random and unpredictable a way. The trick is to just keep going. Have faith, learn from the hard bits, and rejoice in the gifts.

I'm not making actual resolutions, but I am making some goals for myself. Most have to do with work and being creatively productive. I usually just make a kind of casual list of things I'd like to do or accomplish, then passively wait for the "good fortune fairy" to make them happen for me. Or I just run out of gas before I get all the way there. So this year I'm going to make some things happen. And no, I'm not going to tell you what they are - a girl has to have some secrets.

We were supposed to have a big storm move in today, but instead there was just a little light rain. I'm taking that as a good omen as well. Do I sound just a wee bit superstitious with all the 'good omen-ing'? Well, maybe. But why not. I was also happy to observe that despite the early frosts we had last month (which blackened a lot of my poor plants), the hydrangeas have strong green buds which have held up, and are promising to bloom come spring. Same for some irises and other leafy friends. I'm looking at everything through this kind of 'there is life after a dark time' lense, willing things to bloom and be green (literally and figuratively speaking) for us all.
So let's hope it comes to pass.

Didn't know I was going to get to philosophical when I started writing this. Oh well. Next time I'll probably be snarky about something just to even things out.

So here's wishing good health and happiness and peace and prosperity to all!


Annika said...

Oh I love the "Life" piece! And I recognize the passively wait for the "good fortune fairy" part. Wish you a happy new year and may all your magical things happen ;) Annika

Karen Lee said...

Nice post Paula! And exactly how I feel about things too.

Wishing you a decade of serenity - Karen

Rose said...

Wow, this one is my favorite of all you've done. You really aced it! I will be careful of the roadblocks, though they do make you stop and think. I love all you've written.. Time to forge ahead! Happy New Year, Paula!!!

Leslie Hawes said...

Happy MMX!
Love the 'hamster wheel' in the Life art.

Laurel Neustadter said...

The maze is very creative. Great idea.

Teresa Mallen said...

Ooohhh love the Life piece - two of my favs are the sharks and the 'thin ice' skates!! Very creative!!!! I have been doing the navel gazing, goal setting and dream clarifying business for weeks - having a great time too I might add. :-) And yes there is life after a dark time so go get your party frock ready - 2010 is going to be great! Good wishes for health, happiness etc. coming back at you!!

Vickie said...

I really like this piece. Your post really resonates with me. Here's to shorter roadblocks, thicker ice and the will to beat the good fortune fairy to the dance. Happy New Year.

Meisie said...

This is an amazing piece! Please do post the colour one should you fnd it, pretty please?
May 2010 be wonderful!