“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Seneca (Roman philosopher)
2009 is over, another new beginning has ended. This time of year we are all experiencing a feeling of starting new. Many people make resolutions to be healthier, lose weight, and exercise more. I’ve also been reading blogs written by artists vowing to be more creative, to do a drawing a day, a painting a week, etc. Good stuff!
It seems strange that the new year corresponds with the Winter season. To me the new year starts in the Spring when the world wakes up from Winter hibernation. Sometimes I think I would be happier if it was Spring year round. I got a little taste of that type of life living in Hawaii. Now that I live in Oregon I am getting a different slant on things.
There is beauty in the dormancy of Winter. The winter rain and snow are nourishing the soil. Plants are storing up energy for new growth. Fallen leaves are decomposing, warming the earth for bulbs and seeds ready to burst forth. Things that we can’t see are happening.
Such is the creative life. Many times there are things going on in our creative life that we are not aware of. Sometimes we are growing and we don’t notice. We may feel as if our creativity is going nowhere, that it has stalled or died. When we feel frustrated because we think we are not producing creatively, we can remind ourselves of Seneca’s quote. We just may be in a period of transition, changing under the surface, processing without realization. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year to start over. We get to start over everyday of our lives.
Help us to celebrate everyday as a new chance to do your will as we create. Remind us of the importance for all seasons. Give us the faith and perseverance to continue to create, even when we feel we are not being productive. When we hit fallow creative times in our lives, help us to have the wisdom to celebrate the beginning’s end and the new beginning to come. Bless us as we live our life to glorify You.
In Christ’s name. Amen.