In this post on her Women, Art, and Life blog, Tammy Vitale shares how she is resolving to make positive changes in her life during 2011. Here is an excerpt:
“It is time for resolution. Not so much as in ‘I resolve for the new year,’ but more on the lines of my last post where one moves through a cycle of getting clear, acting on that clarity, reflecting on the action(s), and integrating the results, or resolution. In this equation, resolution is not forward, it is present. As in: I am.
…Recently, people in my circles have switched from resolutions for the coming year to a word that is supposed to guide one for the year. I have acted on that suggestion, and reflected on it, and it resolves for me this way:
One word is not enough because I go through more than one cycle during the year and expecting one word to last through all those cycles is silly since at the end of one cycle I am a different person than she who chose the word.
A word chosen in good faith can become restricting if I do the work of reflection. As did my original word of 2010. It is good to remember that the word(s) chosen include play in their connotation, not just seriousness and work. I forgot that. But I corrected midstream.
I have been thinking about this a lot as 2010 has been yet another year of upheaval in my own expectations and how they play out in the real world. I have learned *much*, and I wondered how that would affect my vision for the coming overarching cycle of one calendar year. I came to the conclusion that it is not a list of ‘I am going tos’ or a word (or even two or five) that will guide me.
I decided that what I really need is a question. I am not holding myself to just one question for the entire year (see above), but I needed some time to sit with what I ask both of the Universe and myself for this cycle – or at least to start it off since I already have my goals for the year in place.”
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Image in the post is Vitale’s Our Lady of the (deep blue) Sea.