January 9th, 2007

I've been reading a lot today, so much interesting reading today. Just now, I was over at Tammy's blog and she mentioned Christine Kane's blog, so I went over there and read her post about using a one-word theme for the year. I did this last year as part of Swirly's 52 Figment's project and my theme was love, as in loving the world, loving myself, loving the people in my life, loving life. And I did experience quite a bit of love this year, not to mention 101 people in my life got engaged or had a baby this year. I didn't chime in on this this year because I couldn't think of the word I wanted, I knew change was ahead, but that didn't feel right, in Christine's story she spoke about courage and I rolled that one around in my head for a bit and that wasn't quite right either. I read through her list of suggestions and all the comments, someone mentioned commitment, and i thought, hmm. Then Christine mentioned that quote regarding commitment and the lightbulb went on with a ding! Yes, this is the word, commitment to my art-making, commitment to myself, not to mention this word seems quite appropriate in this year of many weddings (including my own!)

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: 

Whatever you can do,
Or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
Power and magic in it.

-W.H. Murray

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It’s funny, I have that quote in a frame in the kitchen, a parting gift left by the SOOTTAD. Attributed to Goethe.

W.H. Murray… who knew? (Thank you interwebs: :)

Thanks for the link! What a GORGEOUS blog you have! Can’t wait to read more… I had that W.H. Murray quote pasted to my wall for years. It’s so totally true!

(I am glad comments are wroking again :)
This is a wonderful word and perfect for you this year!


yes, commitment. this is perfect, and something i need to commit to, too. ;)

that is some powerful stuff, ma’am. thanks for the reminder, for the quote (and the quote-within-the-quote) — most helpful…

in my experience, the ceremony (the outward manifestation of the commitment) really makes a big, beautiful difference in the partnership. excited for you. xox

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