We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
In 2009, Grace led me up Life’s highest peaks and guided me through its narrows. Then in 2010, I chose Joy as my traveling companion. [On a related note, I changed my blog name from Front Pages to A Joyful Noise.] And now that we’ve turned the page on yet another year, I’ve got a new one-word mantra. Behold, that word is Witness.
- Approach life with a sense of wide-eyed wonderment (my natural tendency).
- Actively observe the world and its inhabitants (as is my wont).
- Find creative ways to record my observations. (Note to self: Keep writing implements, DSLR camera, and art supplies closeby.)
- Look for new opportunities to be of service.
- Deepen my meditation practice, including the art of mindfulness & being an inner witness.
- Produce tangible evidence of my writerly aspirations. My publishing dreams were first realized when my essay, "Luz," got accepted for inclusion in DEAR BULLY (Harper Collins, summer/fall 2011). And over the course of this past year, I’ve approached CAN I GET A WITNESS with increasing confidence. I realize that I don’t have any control over the reception it might receive in the publishing industry, nor in the larger world beyond that. But I’ve been nudged forward by my Nancy Drew adventures, and I’ve strengthened my storytelling abilities along the way. Also: visual person that I am, I’m inspired on a daily basis by this mock book cover (thanks again, Emjae). I can’t predict what any of this might mean — beyond the personal satisfaction that comes of finding my voice, of putting my story into words– but I believe with all my might that this will be the year for WITNESS.
Congregation of canaries (photo) via Getty Images