As I said my 2017 new year's resolution was to 'go with the flow'. I have been pondering what it means to 'go with the flow' after reading a slogan on the first page of my new favourite book 'A little book of Craftivism'. The slogan read 'only dead fish go with the flow'!
Sarah Corbett, the author of the book 'A Little book of Craftivism', put her craft and activism together and became a craftivist. Betsy Greer coined the term 'craftivism' (activism through craft) in 2003 and defined it as "a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger and compassion deeper". Sarah says 'Craft connects your heart, head and hands, and when you relate that to justice issues (and according to me, issues that promote POM), it can be world-changing personally and politically.' More about the book and POM craftivism next week.
So, now to the new year's resolutions and the 'only dead fish going with the flow!' For me going with the flow does not include the passivity of a dead fish! Going with the flow is both, an acceptance of 'it's like this now' and activity (what is my best response?). Going with the flow is like the fun of a relaxing swim with the tide of life's ups and downs. And neither the flowing of a dead fish nor the resistance of going against the flow. So, on that note I am going to continue do my best to put 'going with the flow' into practice in 2018!
And my other new year's resolutions for 2018 are:
Some slogans that may help include..
I am also reminded not to be too hard on myself if I muck up on doing my best to put these into practice. Every day can be 'New Years' and a fresh start! It is never useful to feel guilt! Rather than let guilt run the show we can do the 4 powers on times we make mistakes or do misdeeds. A little review from our 'The Difference between Guilt and Regret' blog is...
1. Admit I have done it
4. Do something to make up for what you regret
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Kind Regards and Best Wishes,