I was a scrooge on 12-12-12.
That special day, that once in a lifetime, that creative convergence when it seemed like everyone I know had a project going, fell on a day when I was busy being ground into fine dust between the mortar and pestle of work deadlines. I was in a bad mood about not being able to participate in the project that much of my creative community had devoted themselves to that day. I felt sorry for myself, and I grumbled well, it's just numbers. It's not any day that's more special than any other day. I could just pick another day to document.
And I was right, I could.
This week I've been walking in the snow. Last winter we dutifully came to the mountains because we love it here, but it rarely snowed. This winter on December 9 the snow started to fall like it's supposed to and everything is blanketed in a beautiful downy white. There are igloos to build, snowshoe trails to break, the lightest powder to ski through. The tracks of each day's adventures are covered by the time we emerge in the morning.
I've also been making lists this week, scraps of reflection on what went right in 2012, what didn't go so well, and what I hope for 2013. What will I accomplish? How will I be better? But in the midst of the lists I hear a small voice in my ear, telling me that this New Year's Day is just one day, and every day is a new day. Every day brings with it the possibility of renewal.
So this I intend for myself, my superpower of 2013: to make it snow in my head at will. In the moments when I need a fresh start, to camouflage my tracks, to cover the blemishes in my path, may I find the peace within me to bring down a psychic snow that covers everything and gives me a chance to start again, anew, with the understanding that every day is a special day. Every day is once in a lifetime and every day holds infinite possibilities for growth, love, and creation.
Happiest of New Years to all of you. I hope 2013 allows each of you to tap into wells of strength and power within you that you didn't even know you possessed.