The old year is ending and the new one is filled with possibilities. I always feel that way at the beginning of the year, as if the way before me is an open road. My heart is light and ready to embrace new things. I hope you are energized by the fresh start inherent in each new year as well!
Of course, we all set meaningful resolutions and lofty goals for ourselves each year. Too often we find those goals falling by the wayside as the year progresses, but what if we paid more attention to the travel toward the goal? The poet Constantine P Cavafy, in his poem “Ithaca”, states “When you set out for Ithaca ask that the road be long”. Cavafy encourages us to experience the voyage fully. Embrace the ups and downs, the new discoveries-even the missteps-not just as a part of the experience, but as the experience itself. Even if we never reach the goal Cavafy says “Ithaca gave you the splendid journey. Without her you would not have set out. She has nothing more to give you”. So, maybe you arrive at your goal, maybe you don’t, but you are richer for the journey itself. This year, resolve to set out for “Ithaca” but remember to “ask that the road be long”!
Each month in my “letter from the president” I plan to include tidbits, tips, self care advice and inspirational quotes and stories. I came across the inspiration for this months self care piece while flying across the country and it really hit home.
We often, in our roles as mother, wife, caregiver, friend or mentor, put the needs of others before our own. We put our art time aside and pour ourselves into the care of others until we are drained. This can make us cranky, dispirited and completely devoid of inspiration. It’s important, however, to take care of ourselves first, just as we are instructed on the airplane to “put your oxygen mask on first” so you’ll be safe and able to help another. If you practice good self care you’ll be better able to handle what is thrown at you, and help others as well. Taking some art time whether in a spacious studio or a small square of table is a great way to “get some oxygen”!
I’m excited about this year with SoMMA! We have many wonderful presenters, workshops and creative opportunities for everyone to explore. I plan to get to know more of my fellow SoMMA members during my tenure as president. We have new members joining every month, I encourage you to get to know some people in SoMMA better this year as well!
“Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller
Be creative. Be bold. Be fearless, Wendy