Yep, 2017 is finally here. For the past several months, I've been hearing and reading comments by people that 2016 was "the worst", "terrible", and "heartbreaking". I don't discount the fact that 2016 brought us a lot of unwanted change, be it in the election results or the loss of beloved celebrity figures, such as Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen or Carrie Fisher. But, I can't get on the bandwagon that it was wholly awful. I saw the ordination of a friend to the priesthood. My friend's brain surgery was successful. My dear friends in Texas had a beautiful baby girl. Two of my friends were legally married after years of commitment. A friend has been able to begin putting "meat on the bones" of an outreach program in Downtown Greensboro. My BFF has logged over 60 days of sobriety. My Spirit-Daughter transitioned from very part-time work to full-time work. I visited Princeton, NYC, Virginia Beach and Denver. So, like everything, 2016 was a curious concoction of ups and downs, hurts and healing. That said, I'm also happy to begin again, to renew, and to find new inspiration to get me through the winter days ahead.
So it shouldn't surprise me that while picking up a new journal at Barnes and Noble last night that I would find a beautiful new planner, which wasn't part of the plan. (See what I did there? LOL) This planner is unlike any that I have ever seen, and it sang my name sweetly. So yes, I bought it. Yes, it is my newest source of inspiration. In addition to beautiful and colorful illustrations, it is filled with quotes by Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist. While I'm not a learned fan of his work (yet), I am inspired by his calm and grace. I've subscribed to his page on Facebook, and I continue to be attracted to his energy. How lovely to have his words accompanying me via this planner.
But before I can go any further, I want to confess that I've been struggling to write this blog, and it being January 2017, I'm irritated by that fact. In November, I had such a clear focus: I am a messenger, I have work to do. But, life and confusion blew back in like the Santa Anas, dry and from the wrong direction. Thankfully, this morning I saw this planner on my chair, and I was again entranced. It's so beautiful! So I looked inside, soaking it in, and the words touched me. At the front of the planner is a list of twelve words, which happen to be correlated to each month. Each week houses two quotes from Coehlo's published works. I sat with their beauty, and an idea came to rest. "Why not use these words and these quotes as inspiration for my blog posts?" Eureka! Answers are often right in front of us, especially when we're in the flow.
So, this blog post is also a mixture of ups and downs, hurts and healing. It is a quick note of how a plan came to be and my setting of an intention to write more consistently in 2017. I appreciate 2016 for helping me see my unfulfilled goals and dreams, and I look forward to 2017 being a year not only of new beginnings, but of laying the groundwork for achievement.
May 2017 be full of hope!!