Sunday, February 03, 2008

Days of Dreams: A new month

It's February 3rd already, and I had intended to write this blog on February 1st. But life is like that. More often than not, things don't go as we intend.

Now that we've moved into the second month of the new year, I've been doing a lot of thinking about recommitting to goals. In January, we feel like we have a clean slate, with all possibility before us. Fresh from celebration of year end holidays, we start on a high, formulating goals for the new year. We begin to take action to achieve them.

Then, real life taps us on the shoulder. We get a cold or flu. Our kids get sick. Our spouse works late, or has stress on the job, or we work late or have stress on the job. We can't seem to find time for our writing, and what we do write doesn't flow. Details vary, but we each have our story. No wonder we don't have time for exercise, or we grab that candy bar or bag of cookies or bowl of ice cream. One action leads to another. They feed on each other. This leads to what I sometimes call "The Februaries."

Hang in there! Traveling in the boat with you, I certainly don't have stunning answers, but I've been mulling over this for the past several days. One solution, I think, is to realize that every month, every week, every day can be a mini New Year.

So, it's February first now. Yes. I know. February 3rd. But I'm redefing the date--today is merely February 1st + 2, a perfect time to review goals and recommit! No focusing on what wasn't accomplished in the past month. If I focus on anything, I'll remember what I did right in January.

I'm going to look at my goals again, the ones I posted on this blog. Would it help you to do this, too?

Then, I'm going to recommit and start up again. Like Scarlett O'Hara, I'm reminding myself tomorrow is another day.

I'm also appreciating recent comments made by Janice and Jordanne.

Janice talks about waning excitement now that February has arrived. She's noticed posts slowing down on some of her goal-oriented e-mail loops, and talks about struggles with her current writing project.

Jordanne sends some wisdom about JOY being the real stuff of life. She offers us a quote by Sathya Sai Baba: "For at least the next week or two, ask yourself these two questions each and every day: Did I bring joy? Did I find joy?"

These two posts remind me of the preciousness of the mutual support we give each other here. Janice's post inspired me (finally) to write this blog entry because I could see she and I have been noticing the same thing. Jordanne's post inspired me to realize that our mutual support brings JOY to our process.

So, may we enJOY the steps we take on the journey toward our goals. May this new month be the start of more JOY as we take steps toward progress. May we realize the JOY in the struggle and the process, however shaky.

At this new beginning of February, I wish you a month of progress and JOY.

Thank you for your support!

xo, ciao,


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Blogger Chiron O'Keefe said...

Rita, I love this post. The reminder that every day can be a mini New Year is perfect.

Every morning is a fresh beginning, an exciting opportunity to live, to love, to laugh, to... WRITE! *smile*

Here's to remembering that we are living the life we choose, every day. And today (and every day) I choose to enjoy life.

--Chiron O'Keefe

7:31 PM  
Blogger Rita Horiguchi, writing as Rita St. Claire said...


Thanks for the support. You (and your blog) are an inspiration. Happy mini New Year!



11:48 PM  
Blogger Sniz said...

Hi Rita,

Glad to see this post! You're so right about thinking of each day like a mini-New-Year's-Day. I try to do that too, but some days are just so dreary and cold and gray and blah, that I don't do so well.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Cat Schield said...

Hi Rita, your post is great. At the beginning of the year I decided to make some changes to my habits. It's the middle of February and so far, so good. I also added something new this month. I'm walking for a half an hour on my lunch hour each day. I wish I had started this two years ago when I first started this job, but I'm a little slow.

And BTW, you're "tagged"

6:27 PM  

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