With every passing year, the actual date, the undeniable and predictable "31st" of every December before, and all the ones yet still to come, brings about a mixture of feelings, emotions, and reflections on another year and its passing. I prefer to make it more reflective, and make the transition into the New Year one of goals I would like to move towards, and for me, most importantly, the over-all applying of simply (though not always so simple) being a better, person. Which, for me means: being more patient, more open-minded, and a listener-one of my biggest challenges.
I write daily, and for a long time my writings were more like lists of "I want..." And many of those lists did pan out, some almost exactly according to the very demands I wrote.
But as the famous saying goes,
".......Be CAREFUL what YOU wish for....."
These days I don't write list of demands, or desires, (okay maybe one, or two) but, I try and focus on whatever it is I am supposed to be doing, and may I do the best job i can, and give back a little, to a world full of hunger, disease, and neglect. And with that, I can rest my head at the end of the day knowing, I might just be a little bit closer to easing someone, somewhere, and a tiny bit of their pain in a world full of millions, many not even fortunate enough for the very bread to fill their stomach.
It is on this note that I would like to start the New Year of 2008 with a clear mind and vision, to paint, create, and share these endeavors with all those equally-unfortunate and fortunate, you are all, part of the artist process, simply by BEING alive in the here and the now.