“Perfectionism is the satin-lined casket of creativity and originality. If you are a perfectionist, at least stop telling everybody you’re one and try to get over it yourself, alone in your home with the lights off.”
Well, if it’s January 16th, 2013 then we have survived the end of the world, which was supposed to be December 21st, 2012.
Some say that the end of the world has been re-scheduled for some time in February. Whatever.
In the timeless words of Mark Twain, “If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there 10 years later.”
“Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that’s printed about him.” Orson Welles
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“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”
― Red Smith
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I feel in need of them. However, if I’m going to make any real changes, I need to take stock of where I am in my life right now. To quote from the Runes, “the field must be tilled before the seed can be planted… rectification must come before progress.”
Here’s what I want to be feeling in my life: expansive and joyous; energized; empowered; creatively alive. Here’s what I’m actually feeling in my life: frustrated; angry; sad, clogged and confused. The healing lies in acceptance. I accept where I am today.
It’s taken me nearly two weeks, but I’ve gotten clear on my intention for the year. Call it a New Year’s resolution, if you want. Here it is: To live a life of integrity. To be who I truly am. To live from the heart. To be genuine, authentic and real. And in so doing, to embark on the path of freedom!
Let’s face it – commercialism and greed have gotten way out of control. Yet, for some reason, many of us still feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses.” This is never more true than at Christmastime (this may be equally true of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but I’m speaking of the tradition I’m most familiar with). Thanks to television and the internet, our children have become emissaries of Madison Avenue manipulation, and most of us don’t know how to say no to our children. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the average American carries between $15,000 and $20,000 of credit card debt, a large portion of which is created in the month of December! Isn’t it time we woke up? What’s the point of buying everyone in the household every little thing their hearts desire if the following year is spent in sleepless nights and anxiety attacks? It may hurt, not being able to buy an i-pad for each of the kids, but if it’s not in the budget, it’s not in the budget! What lessons are we really teaching our children? Isn’t it more honest, more balanced, and finally, more humble to live within our means? Remember the notion of the Spirit of Christmas? Whatever happened to that??
Remember stringing popcorn and cranberries? Baking Christmas cookies? Doing holiday crafts? Who has time for those things anymore? We do!! What’s the point of a holiday season without a sense of creativity and wonder? Over the years, I’ve made nosegays, pomanders and pot pourri. I’ve gathered pine boughs and cones for wreaths, and dipped beeswax candles. I’ve baked goose and shortbread and persimmon pudding, mulled hot cider and wine. Maybe this year, I’ll try my hand at homemade eggnog! Whatever your holiday tradition, bring back that sense of joy and magic through some form of creative artistry. If you have young children, let them guide you!