Questions to Carry Me Forward in 2011

Do any of you feel like I do–My gosh, 2011 already!?

With a cup of tea, my blue ink pen and my Hopes and Dreams journal, I settle into my chair and think about questions to carry me forward into the new year. I have boiled them down to three. I like the number three–any more questions and I tend to forget them. Here are mine this year:

What do I want? What do I really want. I listen to the still, small voice inside, and make a list. Drawing detailed pictures with words. I’m bold and ask for the moon. Now is no time for censure, for ‘shoulds’ or ‘have-tos’ or ‘what-would-people-think?’ Just as when allowing your voice to speak in writing, allow your voice to speak, and simply take down what it says.

The questions focus on our intentions, and intention held is prayer. “Ask and keep on asking, and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find…For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds…” so reads Luke 11:9-10 (AMP). And so I’m in there asking. I have learned–I am astounded and humbled to see things on previous years’ lists have come about in my life far beyond anything I had imagined. One thing on my list from 2007 had been a painful difficulty of some thirty years standing. It is resolved and most joyfully!

A note of caution: we do not bring about our desires. We enjoy and learn from them.

What outstanding lessons have I learned the past year? There’s no since in wasting those hard life-lessons. Let me celebrate my triumphs of learning. I think about Mary in that stable long ago–“But Mary kept all of these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19. That girl had been through some stuff. She was probably thinking: What now? And she was tucking the lessons she had learned deep down as a way to carry her forward.

What three things can I consistently do to energize me? Or what three things make me really happy right this moment? I’m continually working on this with my list of Things I Love. (Hello, Linda, I’m up to 100!) This question helps me to see where I waste my life by not doing those things that contribute to my wellbeing. Right now the three things that energize me are a clean desk, made bed, and taking time to center myself with a cup of tea whenever life gets going too fast and furious. Why is it so hard to do these things for myself? (I got up and stripped my bed to wash the sheets. There, I feel better.

It is interesting to note that these questions work for helping us not only find our way in our lives, but also for finding our way as writers: What do I want as a writer? What lessons on writing and as a writer have I learned? What three things can I consistently do to energize me as a writer?

Blessings for a very good New Year–the best yet!

CurtissAnn