About 15 years ago, a couple of local artists held a New Year’s workshop that used mask making to consider the year that had passed and the one to come. The link to masks was created by using as their focus the Roman god Janus who is depicted with two faces, one face looks into the past, one to the future. I loved the concept because I think during these weeks that lead up to the New Year it is human nature to take stock of the year that is closing and begin cultivating the year ahead.
That bridging of the two years is exactly what I have done the last week or so and hope to continue into the New Year. I will try to share my process here in hopes that it might help you work through your own transition.
I began thinking about 2013 about a month ago. I like to set an intention for the holidays, and this year mine was to practice being in a spirit of giving. The events that lead up to me discovering my intention also encouraged me to take that idea of giving and pull it into my intention for the New Year. Last year I chose a word for the year – clarity. It took me up until New Year’s Eve to pick my word, but this year it came to me quite easily. My word for 2013 is gift. As 2012 ends, I am wrapping up my studies with the word clarity and considering the word gift.
My intentional holiday candle (that I created as part of the StressLess Holiday Cheer Party) has the Spirit of Giving as its focus. I have kept it lit while I work in the Creativity Tribe Studio these days. It makes me very happy.
I am also going to use a gratitude jar into 2013. I discovered it through a Facebook share yesterday. I have had a similar process in years past with a gratitude file, but the jar is so much more engaging. I look forward to exploring the stories it will hold when I open it up and look through it just before 2014.
These little things….the candle, choosing a word for the year, creating a jar to hold gratitudes….these kinds of things are ways of deepening the beauty we find in life and of creating moments that have more meaning. I encourage you to explore something like this for yourself. It is a great way to write the story of your life….why not make it a story of your choosing!