The shortest day of winter is over and the days are going to get brighter. It is a great time to think about being the "creative" individuals we are. Whether we write, or sing, or garden, or paint, or cook (or any of the other millions of tasks we can do which allow us to give "voice" to our creativity) now is an excellent time to begin. The New Year symbolically heralds a new opportunity for us to remember who we are and how "magnificent"we can be. As Nelson Mandela said we seem to be frightened of our potential to be great.
The beginning of the year is full of hope. It is a clean page to write our life for this year. The New Year symbolically offers each of us the opportunity to be more authentically ourselves and to identify who we are and where we want to go. Even if our plans might not be realised for 10 years, this new year offers us the opportunity to take that first step toward that dream - that outcome. It is exciting and full of promise.
For those of you who wish to write and doubt your talents who not try a few pages of writing first thing in the morning? No one will read it but you and it is a way to "clear the decks" of all the flotsam that has been floating around and preparing you for a fresh start to the day. See it as a conversation with yourself...you can swear or complain, you can be grateful or be angry. You can get it all off your chest and at the same time hone your writing skills. We rarely take the time to listen to ourselves and to remember we are much greater than our opinion of ourselves. I even keep coloured pencils beside my bed and if I feel like it colour the page and draw stick figures to illustrate my writing.
Maybe your personal story has been undiscovered. Maybe it is time to remember who you are and where you came from. To write your own biography just for your own reference. To forgive yourself and to congratulate yourself for the way you have dealt with the challenges and survived to tell the tale. 2007 is going to be a great year!
PS Dont forget there is a Biography workshop in San Diego in February. Not too late to apply to join us.