Quote of the Day: We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy Pierce
That’s what it feels like to start a new journal, and is symbolic of all the new starts we have throughout a year and a lifetime. Think of a new school year, a new job, a move, a new relationship, even eating at a new restaurant. The image of the New Year being a blank journal appeals to me and my new-found sense of adventure. My word for 2012 is Dare!
Dare! is such a strong word. I kept trying to tone it down. I thought, well, maybe daring, but no, Dare! kept resurfacing. It is bold and challenging. So, I thought, maybe my word could be bold. Nope. Dare! still took the stage. Something in the universe is challenging me.
In 2012 we have 52 weeks plus a day, a leap year. What can you accomplish in 52 weeks? I was talking this over with my massage therapist Darcy Peterson Walkowiak. She does both massage and myofascial release. I am wound up pretty tight. I’ve had some back and shoulder trauma from hitting two deer with my van. I am hunched over keyboards all day (piano and computer), and I’m a divorced mother of four boys. Needless to say, my back and shoulders are tight. Darcy was able to release some of that tension. I told her that during the session, I was in a state of half-sleep. I had visions of sailing out into the fjords of Norway, beautiful and exciting at the same time. I also had images of tiny butterflies being released from my body, like little spirits of energy and light. She said that butterflies symbolize transformation. We also talked about those 52 weeks. If we make just one change a week towards better health, by the end of the year we will see and feel a difference. Plus, one change a week is not overwhelming. I told her my goal as a playwright is to write one new scene a week. I can’t even image what great stories might unfold in 52 scenes!
With a challenging word like Dare! and 52 weeks plus one day ahead of me, my heart pumps a little stronger wondering what will be on those pages by 2013.
Cheers to you as you celebrate a New Year.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What would you like to work on for 52 weeks? What’s your word for the year? Do you know anyone who has a birthday on Feb. 29?
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What a wonderful thought, a blank page and 52 weeks, I must give this more thought of what to do with the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours.
May this be the best and happiest new year of them all!
Just take little steps!
I, too, like that idea of 52 new ideas for improving one’s life, and Dare is a wonderful word. Mine seems to be Guidance. I need to remember to listen better and wait for guidance. Thanks for a good post for a new beginning.
I believe in the accumulative effect of small actions. Books are written a word at a time, after all. 🙂
Happy New Year!!
That’s a great new word, Dare. If we don’t dare ourselves to do things that might stretch us, then we might not do it at all.
May you accomplish all you desire in 2012.
Mary, I’m here for you in your year of Dare. We sort of had a pre-Dare dinner the other night, didn’t we? You were getting ready to claim that word. Now, we step in. Soon, I will share my word, and our phrase. Watch for that on Wednesday, I think, along with a few photos of our time together. (Today’s has some too!) Hope you are enjoying time with family and reading those awesome journals!
The word Dare hold so many possibilities. That is awesome. Also you have an exciting challenge as a playwright, that sounds like a really cool goal.
Love the word DARE! I can’t wait to see how it shows up in your life this next year! With this new year upon us, I have been thinking of you and Roxane–and couldn’t wait to read about your word for 2012. I am in the process of developing mine and hope to blog about it soon! blessings for 2012!
I think I will try to write one small poem each week. And also, I plan to send 366 real (snail) correspondences in 2012, whether letters, postcards, or notecards. My parents wedding anniversary was Feb. 29. My dad joked it was what kept their marriage so young!
I like that we have 52 weeks + 1 day. It makes time sound a little more special this year. I did have a neighbor when I was growing up who was born on February 29. Krissy was a few years younger than me, and they celebrated in nonleap years on March 1. I plan on exploring writing in new ways these next 52 weeks as I move to publish my novel. Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with many amazing scenes 🙂
My “step-father” has his birthday on February 29. I put the term in quotes since he and my mother chose not to get married so she wouldn’t lose her social security benefits. He was a great find for her as a companion in older age. Don’t know how the leap year birthday affected anything though.
I like the idea of the blank journal as a start to a new year.
All the best to you in 2012.
Wrote By Rote
Hi Mary. I’m just dropping in from Alex’s blog, and am now your newest follower, so:
Nice to meet you!
Oooh I love looking at a New Year like that…52 weeks + 1 day. I was thinking about challenging myself, health-wise, too. One change a week doesn’t seem too daunting!
I’m going to sit on this one for a while, drink my coffee and figure out what changes could be made.
Happy New Year, Mary! So glad to have “met” you last year.
One change per day! I really like that!