I have arrived at the end of 2016 feeling worn out, raw and ragged. I let my little reminder icon reflect that. Make what you will of the loose ends and hammered copper... at the last minute it occurred to me that the word itself needed to be created using a "resist" technique—https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resist_dyeing .
Why that word? I considered so many words—positive, optimistic, pretty words—but none seemed to have the strength and resolve I was hoping for, until I got to "resist" which speaks to me on many levels.
Resist hatred, bigotry, racism by standing up for all of my fellow citizens, neighbors, family, friends
Resist hopelessness and despair
Resist isolation—stay active in the world
Resist artistic laziness—keep stretching
Resist time-wasting distractions like Facebook and online games (that was hard to type!)
Resist saying "yes" to things I really don't want or need
And I'm sure there will be many more things to resist! So, perhaps I'm ready to face the coming year. It is sure to be challenging. The word for 2017 joins those from previous years, there to remind me to be present, be alert and meet the future head-on.
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