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Art Journal: goals irrelevant unpursued


 collaged art journal page
9x12" drawing paper

A realization.

Goals are irrelevant unpursued.

Lots of writing, to come to this conclusion.

Which seems obvious.

Now that it's officially concluded.

Pick a goal. Let it go. Or get serious about it.

I looked back at my list of goals for 2010.

I won't be sharing the pitiful % completion rate.

I did a lot of stuff, to be sure.

But it wasn't the stuff on the list.

It needs to be the stuff on the list.

Or else I have to re-look at the list.

I'll re-write the list for next year.

Make sure it's in sync with life now, today.

Yesterday's goals only matter if they still matter to me today.

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Well spotted. Now I have to dig up my 10-year and 5-year plans that I made ages ago after reading a book. Wonder whether I'll feel like laughing or crying ???!!!

12.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarthi

This is inspiring, sobering, and a little bit painful. Thank you for it. I'm going to blog about it; I hope you don't mind.

12.7.2010 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

So true! I must keep this in mind when doing my list for next year.

12.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

beautiful post and oh so true....
I love your posts more and more every day.

12.7.2010 | Unregistered Commenterbonnierose

Karthi, I'm hoping you won't feel like crying, but I feel pretty deflated...

Melydia, So happy to read your thoughts about this, yes, sobering is a good word for this.

Kirstin, I like the idea of bringing this into the annual process - a reassessment of last year's goals.

Bonnie Rose, Thank you for all of your positive feedback!

~ Tammy

12.7.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Great post. I love this quote: "I live now and only now, and I will do what I want to do this moment and not what I decided was best for me yesterday." ~Hugh Prather. This new year for the first time I won't be setting rigid goals and high expectations. This past six months especially I've been working on living in the present and taking things moment by moment. It fits in with my unpredictable health and my task master personality. At first I thought that I'd get nothing done like this but already I can see that by following my intuition in the moment I have grown, learnt, stretched and achieved in a whole different way. It is bringing me a peace and understanding. I hope you'll feel a bit of this too.

Kat X

12.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatina Wright

As a writer, I have been journaling for nearly six years. Only in the last month have I broadened my journaling to include art. I am finding so much inspiration and ideas that spark my process here in your pages. This post, in particular, stirred something in me and will be the centerpiece of the page I'm going to work on tonight. Thanks for inspiring me and others with your work!

12.20.2011 | Unregistered Commentermeme

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