When we look to the future? Instead of “looking” let us leap and laugh.
Ah, 2017. You have been so utterly strange for me. The world at large saw so much tragedy and pain and bigotry. But for myself, I saw a great hurdle end with the birth of my amazing daughter, Baby Moon. As we all close, or more accurately slam, the door on this past year, I’m having some mixed emotions.
The pregnancy was hard, especially at the end, and the struggles of the world did not go unnoticed by me. Rightly, I’m very excited to say goodbye to 2017 and start a new year, maybe not fresh as I’m extremely tired, but resolved.
However, among all the bad, 2017 will forever in my mind be the year of my child’s birth and that has a weight to it that is hard to overcome. And perhaps, that’s how it should be when we’re looking back.
We see the failures of 2017 and other years, but instead of letting ourselves fall into the pit of despair that is problematic nostalgia, we let the moments of joy take up more space in our minds, and hearts.
Cheesy? Sure. But a good idea? Most likely.
This makes me think of New Year’s resolutions. They can undoubtedly be problematic. Often, we make resolutions that are near impossible or just a bit too ambitious for the amount of actual time we have for them. And that, of course, leads to giving up on them and feeling like a failure.
But what if we were to use New Year’s resolutions as a time to simply set intentions for the following year, vocally and with all our magick behind them. This would instead turn this, sometimes unfortunate, tradition into a time to do magick and to reconnect to what we desire, and what needs to be done in our lives.
Intentions, after all, are just that. Something we intend to do, and this makes it much easier for us to forgive ourselves if we fall a little, or a lot, short. We are human after all.
When we remember to forgive ourselves for failing and remember that we at least tried, we can make these “resolutions” more doable. We’ll stick to a few and we’ll try our best, and that will be enough.
So, instead of choosing a resolution which is completely out of range, set an intention for 2018 that can provide just enough change to revolutionize your life. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll revolutionize the whole damn world.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
::My 2018 New Year’s Intentions and Acts of Revolution::
I hereby put forth my intention to be kinder to myself, to remember that I am human and am not perfect, and that’s okay.
I set intention to get healthier and understand that doing so may take a long time.
I vow to hold the world accountable as I did in 2017, providing my little bit of strength to the Resistance and Revolution.
I decree that I will finish my second novel, or if not I will have worked very hard on it.
I promise in 2018 to love as fiercely as I can, to laugh, to sing, to be silly, to spend small moments with my baby and husband, with all my family, and to bask in the great joy that is each new day- full of choices and chances and opportunities to be brave.
With love and light to all of you!