Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Book of Opportunity...

“A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ~Author Unknown

As a new year approaches, the urge to take stock of our life bubbles up like a sip of fine champagne. Let’s lift a glass and toast our accomplishments, savoring the taste of our creative endeavors…the potential of the New Year sparkles like stars within our hearts!

We’ve all made goals… Some we’ve achieved and some still dangle like a sprig of mistletoe, just out of reach. The beauty is, no matter how far that finish line may seem, we’ve all accomplished remarkable things. I’m not yet published in fiction, yet I’ve written three books. No one can take that accomplishment away. Every page I’ve sweated over, every idea that’s seen fruition is an amazing accomplishment. We are Do-ers. We WRITE.

Now, we can shake off whatever frustrations we’ve battled and relish the opportunity to begin fresh.

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

The days stretch before us like pristine snow. It is up to us to step forward and forge our own path. How freaking exciting is this? A whole year to accomplish new goals, to wrap up ongoing projects, to meet the face of destiny and see that her face is our own. *smile*

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Now’s the time to choose how to fill those pages. How best to seize opportunity. How to celebrate our awesome career and relish in our gifts. We Are Writers. No matter how onerous the task can be, we are the luckiest creatures that exist. We Create Worlds. We Are The Magic Makers.

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~Ellen Goodman

And while, at times, we may be tempted to chide ourselves or bemoan the days behind us, let’s make a pact to focus on the potential instead. Who cares if we didn’t plant a seed in time to catch a particular rainstorm 273 days ago! There are seeds a’plenty and a promise of sweet rain to nurture those budding plants to new heights. Plot out your garden and plant away! Harvest time will come, and we will be ready.

"A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.” --Anonymous

Let’s tease out the beauty within each idea. Breathe gently to encourage those petals to unfurl. Those ideas nestled deep within your soul are aching for release. We are the luckiest of all people… We Are Writers!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Write ON!

Let’s focus on goals and see what we can accomplish.

Wishing you all a New Year bursting with potential and the will, the determination and the passion to meet every goal.

Happy New Year!!

--Chiron O'Keefe


Ana Aragón said...


Thank you so much for the words of wisdom!

I do consider myself very lucky...writing has given me the freedom to create, and new friends with whom I can share my journey.

Wishing you a prosperous and prolific New Year!

Ana Aragón

Chiron said...

Oh, Ana... That's so beautiful. This journey has been a splendid one for me as well. I've met more kindred spirits than I ever thought possible.

Wishing you much prosperity and inspiration, my dear!

Smiles to you,

Elaine Cantrell said...

Happy New Year to you too, Chiron. I hope 2009 is a great year for you both personally and professionally.

Sandy said...

Happy New Year, Chiron.

My wish for you is that will be the year that you go to contract with one of your works.

Great blog.


Chiron said...

Thanks so very much, Elaine!

May this year be our best yet...

Smiles and hugs,

Chiron said...

Sandy, thank you!

That sounds like a lovely reality and one I'm more than willing to jump into. I'll take your wish to heart...

Smiles and many hugs,

Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

Chiron, Your site has wonderful information. Love the positive affirmations.

Scarlet Pumpernickel

Anonymous said...

Happy New Years to you too!
You inspire me to work more on my book. Cathy sends her love too.

Linda LaRoque said...

Another great post, Chiron. My motor is in idle and I'm reving up to pop the clutch, drive full speed ahead, and finish two manuscripts before the end of March. I've been piddling too long.

Much happiness and success to you in 2009!


Chiron said...

Scarlet, Thanks so very much!! You are a dear...

Smiles and hugs,

Chiron said...

Blue, thanks so very much for stopping by!

Smiles and hugs,

Chiron said...

Linda, good for you!! Two manuscripts... wow. If anyone can do it, my dear, it is YOU. *bows*

Full speed ahead, Captain!!

Smiles and hugs,