A blank canvas

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The calendar spaces are blank. It’s January, the first month of a new year. And most of us have opened up a pristine yearly calendar for this brand new year.

Blank calendar blocks face us. Months, weeks, and days with nothing written on them…yet.

But soon those empty spaces will be full. They will overflow with appointments: dentists, physicians, optometrists, car maintenance, and hair salons. Work schedules, meetings, school schedules and programs. Church events. Special occasions. Family and friends’ birthdays and anniversaries.

Before you know it, that blank calendar is not blank any longer. Each day brings a necessary item to remember or something which must be accomplished.

But what about all the time in between those appointments and the rush to go here and there?

Recently, I read a quote that truly resonated with me. It was written by Dave Ramsey, financial guru, and I’m sure he meant it in relation to one’s financial future, but I took it one step further and applied it to the less physical.

How should be plan our mental, emotional, and spiritual futures with purpose to make them outstanding?

We are already a few days into 2020, another year of life we’ve been granted. An entire year lays before us like a blank art canvas or an empty journal of bare pages. We possess the means to make what we will out of this New Year.

We have the paints to create our own masterpiece and the brushes to begin our first strokes on our blank canvas of life. There’s ink in our pens to write, a keyboard in front of us to type in our empty journal of living.

We have everything we need to fashion a year to remember.

But we must find inspiration to do so. How do we form worthwhile plans for each new day? How do we make each day count as if it were our last? How do we savor the time we’ve been given without filling it full of things that don’t matter?

How do we plan each day so that it has purpose? A day unlike any other? How do we make life more meaningful? How do we live our lives in such a way that each day brings us fulfillment either mentally, emotionally, or spiritually?

These are just some of the aspects of life I’m pondering as this New Year unfolds. What about you? What do you hope to accomplish this year beyond the physical realm of life – beyond dieting, exercising, finally quitting a bad habit?

How will you paint your clean 2020 canvas? Leave a comment to share your thoughts with me. 

“Love a New Year. A clean canvas to paint your future on. Get the brushes and paint and make it awesome.” ~ Dave Ramsey

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17 responses

  1. I love the blank canvas analogy and it does encourage me when I see those blank spaces to fill them with positive things and not just “stuff” to keep busy. I want to be intentional and purposeful this year with my activities . One of my words is balance this year and I hope that each day I can find that balance of doing meaningful things along with things for myself and my family each day. One day at a time, right?

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  2. Intriguing questions, worth pondering. I’m aiming for more joy (not happiness, which is fleeting, but joy, which is deep and abiding) in my life (so regular walks in nature and inspirational reading are “on the books”). I also need to “paint in” time for getting my family photos in order and learning new photo editing and video software. I have the time; I just need to write it into my calendar so I actually DO it!

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