“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein
Today I spent several hours at a friend’s house cutting and pasting my vision board for 2013 together, after we chanted about our various challenges and struggles for an hour. The atmosphere was decidedly low-key and relaxed. Lea and the other Buddhists at the meeting made a ton of food: beef/red chili and chicken/green chili tamales, turkey chili, vegetable soup with a miso base, squash casserole, fruit salad, and corn bread. There was hot tea and fruit juice to wash it all down.
As we chit-chatted and ate, plates piled high with food, we mulled over the magazines stacked on the kitchen table, and then set to work.
As the writer in the group, I gravitated toward words as well as images. Many chose photos that all fell into certain specific color palettes like forest green or tangerine. My collage was built of color: blues, fuchsia, red, orange. I felt happy looking at the intense riot of words and images.
Family. Unforgettable Memories. Contentment.
I dug up what I needed and splashed words across the page over photos of bougainvillea, plates of sushi, statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the interior of an adobe house. I found a picture of a Prius — since this year I am determined to learn to drive. I made a note of my plans for a family trip to Hawaii. I outlined my desire for a new relationship and an agent. I noted two book projects I want to finish this year.
I created a visual reminder for myself — and a means for me to stay focused on the goals I have during the coming year. Now, whenever I sit down to pray, this waterfall of words waits for me.
Love. Trust. Bliss. Growth.
As I head into this new year, it feels good to have a road map to guide me.
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