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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Margaret that sounds like a wonderful year ahead! The Elizabeth Barton class will be well worth the time. Perhaps without a Big Goal in mind you will be open to an unexpected opportunity. He will watch over you and bless your work no matter what you do.
Oh boy! I need to put that prayer on my mirror! Last year was an incomplete grade for me. This coming year I don't so much have a word but a mandate. :O Elizabeth's classes tempt me but not this year as I need to refocus and get going. The race is not to the swift so we have every chance. Bless you! We have much to look forward to! :)
Margaret, thank you so much for the gift of the prayer from Thomas Merton. It resounded with me in a way that nothing else has since Bill died. I copied it into my journal, on the front page (where I had already copied a prayer from St. Therese) so I can see it & pray it each morning.
I hope you will be sharing your experiences in Elizabeth Barton's Master Class. I would love to take it someday but, as you know, now is not a good time for me.
I will start to work on my own rather vague goals for 2015. I really do need some kind of plan. Thanks for inspiring me to do so.
Sounds like you are set up for adventure. I awoke to 2015 to discover that my bedside clock stopped. How about that for an omen! I am still pondering the significance. Have a great year exploring!
Margaret---What wonderful sentiments you have expressed. I hope that your class with Elizabeth Barton is all that you hope for, and more. I look forward to seeing your journey on her blog. It is fine to let the word or motto for the year find you. May you have a very blessed, happy year,
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