Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I want to take a moment and wish everyone all the best at this traditional holiday time. Whatever your belief system, I hope you’re one of the majority of people who believe that more peace, joy, love, respect and community in the world would be a good thing.
I also hope that together, we do more than just believe it or passively hope for it. It seems there has been such a surge of negative news late this year; I think we need to consciously & actively counter it, each of us as we’re able.
I don’t make “New Year’s resolutions”, because I think there’s no point waiting until an arbitrary date to decide something. But as 2014 is drawing to a close and I look into 2015, I want to better recognize the good people and things in my life, do what I can to pay forward the good fortune I have received, and be better at building community in the areas where I participate. Some of that will be expressed through getting back to more of my own photographic work.
I have a longer post that I’ve been thinking about and working on for some time now. I haven’t posted it, because I want to get the words right for it. Well, right enough.
There’s a key word from that post — “mindful”. I’ve been carrying it around, chewing on it for awhile. Mindful… aware, cognizant, considerate, conscious, attentive, observant. These are all synonyms or related words from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary entry for “mindful”. So is this word — alive.
We’re so busy with everything, whether good, bad or indifferent. We seem to have a culture of “doing”, not so much a culture of “being”. Not a culture of being actively, consciously aware and alive. And even with this pressure to be busy all the time, still some important things aren’t getting done as well as they need to be… things that have to do with better community with each other, and a better relationship with the earth on which we live. Why is that, other than that our sense of priorities needs to be tuned up? I see this even with artists, those who are supposedly seeing, interpreting and expressing their views of the world around them. I see it in myself, certainly.
Being mindful. It seems like a good idea for anyone in a creative pursuit. Or anyone who just wants to be a more engaged member of his or her communities. So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And be mindful out there…