Archive for December, 2011

A fresh clean page

December 31, 2011

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As we turn the calendar to another day, another month and another year, a fresh clean page awaits each and every one of us.  Actually, each new day and even each new moment represents a fresh start, if we choose to see it that way.  It’s just customary and convenient to put the emphasis on ‘the new year’.

For some people, the idea of a clean white piece of paper (or screen) is exciting and liberating.  It’s an opportunity to look ahead and create something new.  An opportunity to start over, perhaps do a better job.

For others, the blank page brings fear and uncertainty.  What will end up being written or drawn on the page?  It can be hard to make the first mark, with the worry of doing it ‘wrong’. Many people hope that the new year will bring good things and be better than the past year, but they don’t like stepping into the unknown.  In fact, probably ten times as many people face new days and years from a worried state than from an excited one. 

Maybe it doesn’t have to be one or the other.  I like to look at the page as a chance to keep going, keep creating and adding to the pages already behind.  Because, even if we look at a new page, it is still part of the overall story, and all the words, images and creations from the previous pages are part of that story as well.

Good luck to you as you embark on the next page of your life.  Remember that it is just that – one page – and there are an infinite number of things you could fill it with.  Do fill it.  Don’t leave it blank, waiting for the perfect idea or phrase or moment.  And if you are still nervous, know that you are in good company, and if you are really scared, you could always write in pencil.

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