Sunday, January 06, 2008

no resolution

Hello, where have I been? The Christmas season is finally done, over, gone. I was in Palm Springs (where my husband is originally from) over the holiday, and sometime in the afternoon of Christmas day I had this intense vision of this huge, round boulder rolling over and of all this energy being released. There is so much built up into Christmas-- all the gifts, meals, traveling, family stuff-- I think the nation goes into a low-grade mass psychosis for the entire month of December.

This rolls me right into the New Year, another crazy party. I have been developing a theory over the past few days, and that is that New Year's day comes at exactly the wrong time of year for the Northern Hemisphere. There is all this pressure to make your New Year resolutions, gear up for making plans, changes, and do something to make your life better. But really, we are in the deep of winter, and biologically we should be... sleeping a lot. And eating a lot to build up some fat! We should be snuggled up, chatting over warm cups of tea. Not getting all prepared for making changes or running around doing a bunch of stuff.

If you go with my theory, is it any wonder that we fail at our resolutions? My resolution is to put off the resolution thing until the first day of Spring. We could do a combination Spring Cleaning with our Yearly Resolutions. It makes so much more sense to me. What do you think?


  1. I like your idea :) Honestly it`s been years since I really felt the New Year. Now it`s just another day.... I also have n`t made any resolutions for long time. This year I made an easy one - to buy something beautiful only for myself every month of the year. I hope I can keep this one!

  2. I'm trying for the now thing... Like...
    "Today is the first day of the rest of your...." But I'll probably be ready for a fresh start in the spring too...

  3. I use New Year's Day as my day of "focusing intention". It sort of sets the tone for the year. Last year I took a walk, spent an hour creating something, took time to go through the gardening and seed supply catalogs...things like that. It makes me feel good because I'm taking the time to do the things I like and hoping to find more time during the year to do them as well.

  4. I also like sleeping at this time of year and after all the making, selling, traveling, and celebrating a nice rest is needed. I do think it is a good time to think about what comes next, for me as a maker it is becoming a time to slow down, test my ideas and work less hours. But still a time to refresh and renew. happy 2008!

  5. Whitney! I think you are exactly right! Except: "the nation goes into a low-grade mass psychosis for the entire month of ..." -- doesn't that happen in January?
    Of course, we could discuss this more if you would come over to my blog. Last night managed to post a chatroom (a new experience for me)on my blog for potters and artists. Am hoping to get some "live" discussions going amongst us about pottery, glazes, techniques and art-related subjects.
    It would be lovely if you would come over and join in!