This year though, for the first time in
And I have nothing with which to replace it as a beacon for 2015.
Does this mean I plan to lie around all year and eat bonbons?
There are a few things I'd like to do/accomplish, to wit:
- Successfully complete Elizabeth Barton's Master Class. By 'successfully' I mean:
- Go into each monthly theme/assignment with a positive, enthusiastic attitude;
- Face my fears and work at the work anyway;
- Finish (there's that word again!) the assignments to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.
- Obtain meaningful and positive critique of my work and progress.
- Complete the year with a few actual pieces -- in addition to a multitude of samples.
- Enjoy my up-coming holiday to Cuba with a dear friend from university days;
- Enjoy my trip to the SAQA Fiberlandia Conference in Portland, Oregon at the end of April;
- Enjoy sharing Section 'F' of the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show at guilds around Alberta and at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, AB, in June;
- Complete my second year (of the two-year term) as SAQA Western Canada Co-Rep and 'retire' gracefully at the end of November, having made some small in-roads in the challenges of communication across a vast region, and of public education about art quilts;
- Do all of this only under the shelter of the Creator's wings...because I've learned that coming out from under that protection leads to falling flat on my face!
And so I close this year-end post with wishes to all of you, Gentle Readers, for a healthy, happy and creative New Year...and with this small prayer for the journey into 2015:
From the late Thomas Merton:
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
|Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O.|
Jan. 31, 1915 - Dec. 10, 1968
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