“For beautiful eyes, look for good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk in the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
By Sharka Waite
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. They seem lofty yet empty. Usually overwhelmingly promising declarations to change our lives for the better, which are more likely than not to be broken soon after they were made. Sure, I believe in a new challenge and personal improvement, however, on a much smaller scale and more consistent basis. Every day is a new beginning, a brand new start, providing a new opportunity to enhance our life, our attitude, our health.
I believe in intent. The intention to live to our best ability every day, not only on one day when it seems fashionable to proclaim our big resolution. The intention to give more to others but also to ourselves – more love, compassion, kindness, patience, and understanding. The intention to share the best there is to share in this world. It has been said many times that we receive the most when we give. I couldn’t agree more. It’s quite remarkable to observe and absorb where, when, how or by whom one may be inspired to create and to give.
Lately I have struggled with a motivation to illustrate, questioning my abilities and the meaning of it all. In an unrelated conversation a short while ago, a friend of mine mentioned in his letter to me that one of his wife’s favorite actresses is Audrey Hepburn. Suffering with a lack of creativity has never been my problem but being creative for my own fulfillment often has. However, after re-reading the letter a few times, a tiny flicker of light ignited, urging me to surprise myself and see if I can still draw. Without even thinking, my hand was already guided and all I could do was to dive into the vast ocean of the inviting paper, my soul swimming in the pencil’s waves of shading. It didn’t take long and I was starring into Audrey’s eyes as if she were my best friend. I saw the timeless beauty of her being. I was happy with the final product, my only hope was for my friend’s wife to see the same beauty and be touched by the love that was poured into the piece.
It’s quite intriguing how connected we may become by simple acts of giving, sharing, listening, observing and creating. How certain people in history, in our lives, families or circle of friends, have the power to bring out the best in us and inspire us to rise higher, even when we initially didn’t believe we possessed the ability to do so.
So no, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I do believe in rising up to our fullest potential and talents – one day at a time. Every day is a new beginning and even if we don’t stay the course of our goals there is no reason to feel defeated, for tomorrow is a brand new day to start again. And we are given 365 of them each year to try our best.
May 2016 be generous to your creative self. May you celebrate your inner artist and be inspired every day to either challenge yourself to something new – a new hobby, new skill, new adventure, or reclaim an old talent you neglected for far too long. In any case, live every day to the fullest.