On this day 2018.
Celebrating a year of daily cartoons.
Stepping into new contexts can bring up a lot of different thoughts and feelings about how our lives have gone in the past and about our yearnings for the future. As such, stepping into newness can take a kind of bravery of the soul. Rainer Maria Rilke confesses, "It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I simply skip what should be the beginning." And yet, Oprah Winfrey observes, "If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit." No matter how gentle the wider context is for each first step we take, the actual moment of starting is in a way a paroxysm of incarnate creative conception. As we begin a new year together, what are you doing to witness, honor, and celebrate the bravery it takes for you and others just to begin again?
Change can be scary. Change is also constant. We may need to find ways to approach and move through change with a fresh and open heart. In the face of change, cultivating a heart that can continually bring us renewed calm and happiness, as well as a revived sense of safety and belonging may be crucial to our overall wellbeing. What's something that helps you reset with change?
We may have all kinds of ways of holding onto hope. Some of our hope may be intellectual and spiritual, speaking prayers and offering gratitudes, or it may be physical and material, crossing fingers and literally holding onto lucky charms. We may express hope in ways that are accepted by mainstream society or scoffed at or ignored. We may ourselves feel silly or stalwart or sagacious in our return to hopefulness. Hope may be a place we call home or a place we stop into for fuel or somewhere that we seldom go because we keep forgetting which way to turn to get there. And in each case, whenever and wherever there is hope we may also notice that we have begun to feel anew. What's one way that you find your way back to hope?
Honoring absurdity, balderdash, and wit can be important parts of rejuvenation. Share something that tickled your soul this week.
In some seasons and moments in life, we find ourselves reflecting on possibilities. We seem more open to our own creative energy. We don't already, immediately know the way it's supposed to go or be done. We try and we experiment and we play. What is something you're exploring at the reset of this day, month, year?
Sometimes the body has a capacity to turn toward curiosity well before the mind can do so. When we just go ahead and move around in our bodies, we can sometimes jumpstart new ways of being and feeling, and at times bring ourselves to new ways of thinking, too. How is your body leading the way today?
Every moment has the potential to be astounding. Every object, every interaction, every experience, when we look closely, can reveal marvels we've never known before. Share a picture of something that is bringing you awe today.
There can be a belonging that comes with curiosity and learning. When we express our interest and our joy and it is reflected back to us by the world, we may feel even more a part of that world. And when we are open to new ideas and new experiences, we may be especially prone to and capable of seeing just how much our reflection is everywhere. What's something you love to study that seems to crop up everywhere you go?
Some experiences never get old. New waves of delight and inspiration just keep coming. In these places, we can celebrate the ease with which we have such accessible and abundant refreshment. Share something that you seemingly always experience as new and surprising and enjoyable.
I love you already.
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