"Nothing changes on New Year's Day..." So sang U2 back in '83 (God, REALLY????), and taken at face value it's certainly true. But I've always considered this to be an incomplete thought. Nothing changes on New Year's Day UNLESS YOU CHANGE IT.
Oh, that old chestnut, eh? It's up to ME?
That's right, kids. But that little nugget is right in the song too. "I, I will begin again." And that's what New Year's Day, or your birthday, or Groundhog Day, or any other day you DECIDE is for. Beginning again. We get to do it every day if we want.
Before you jump all over me (as a previous jumper I know the trigger language), I get that it's not EASY. It's not necessarily simple. There's no "just DO it" in some cases. Sometimes you really do have obstacles in your way, and surmounting them - scratching and clawing your way back to a place of light and joy - is truly a job of work.
That's no reason not to try. That's no reason not to give it your best, and infuse your efforts with all the hope you can muster (some days this may be only a tiny whisper), and see if you can make even an inch of forward progress.
This website was born in a heartbeat -- after a prolonged period of thinking on how I might create a space that could work for a few endeavors that are still being finalized and seem to overlap. (Sort of the way a quick trip to IMDB.com debunks the myth of any actor seeming to be an "overnight success." There's no such thing.)
This idea has been with me for a while. There have been other ideas and false starts, but this idea has been with me for a while.
And after all that background percolating, as New Year's Eve hit, I had this flash of inspiration. And it all made sense. And I just had to dive in. Sometimes it's like that. And we don't always respond when the door swings open, do we? Or when inspiration hits. There are always reasons not to, excuses, obstacles. I'm as prone to them as anyone. That's kind of why I really wanted to do this. I NEED IT THE MOST.
I need that positive voice in my head to be louder than the other voices. I need to cultivate the love and kindness and generosity and opportunity that so often are present, but neglected.
If you feel the same way, then I hope you'll be a regular visitor here. We're all on this journey together, after all. And there's safety in numbers. Welcome.
PHOTO BY RANDY HEINITZ