The Prompt: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?
Listed or Listless?
Of course I have accomplished my New Year’s Resolutions. A few times. Once I did a project with a friend where we each wrote down what we wanted to accomplish. I believe I had eight things. Since we illustrated our resolutions, my quotes of what I wanted were scattered throughout my illustrations. Shortly after we did this, she moved back to the states and in time I forgot my little artwork.
A few years later, I found it when I was cleaning and reorganizing my studio. I looked at my page, turning it this way and that to read the resolutions that twisted around and through the colored sketches. I was surprised to find I’d accomplished every one, including losing weight, getting a book published (actually by the time I found it, I’d self-published three books), and finding a partner (now a friend, but nonetheless, I managed to reenter the dating scene after years of still feeling married to my deceased husband.)
I don’t remember what the rest of my resolutions were and a new search of my studio didn’t result in finding it. Perhaps it requires actually cleaning and reordering the studio to warrant this reward; but, this exercise taught me what I’d learned long before and forgot. Writing resolutions down has a sort of magic. I think it moves them to a different, more active part of our brain. Even though that part of the brain might still be in the subconscious regions, somehow our written-down resolutions sit there as little telepathic cheerleaders, urging us onward to action.
Lest I grow too listless again, I think perhaps it is time to make another list!!!