“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” This wonderful message comes from a Brush Dance Calendar called “Flower Silhouettes” that I just purchased for the new year. The words were written by Liz Kalloch.
In thinking about the new year ahead, what acts of generosity and meaning might you want to set as an intention? This could include writing a poem for someone you love or admire, giving a “random act of kindness” gift–something no one expects and is spontaneous in the moment for someone you know or for a stranger. A common example of this is to pay for a bridge toll for the car(s) coming next. Or to make an unexpected gift for your lover or friend.
Are there people in your life you have been meaning to visit or communicate with? If you haven’t done it, is this a good time to make the time to do it?
And how do we put new year intentions into action? Resolutions often peter out quickly, leaving guilt and remorse. Try starting small and seeing if you can follow through. If not, go smaller without giving up.
Another quote from the calendar to close:
“Look deep into nature, and then/you will understand everything better.” Is this activity on your list of intentions for the new year?