The 2013 Challenge
In working to create this year's first post for my challenge blog I kept stumbling over the ideas of resolutions, new beginnings and blessing counting. Nice thoughts but I hate being cliche. And of course my writer's block could fairly be attributed to the distraction of having had to crawl on bloodied knees into 2013. Last year beat me with pipes and stood laughing at my repeated attempts to gain control until '13 annihilated the villainous '12, super-hero style. (At least that's how I like looking at it.)
And because no challenge I create is ever really just for me and practicality forces me to address that January 1st is merely a date and not a magical slate cleaning cure-all, and 2012 has created devastation and loss in the wake of natural disasters, massacres and deep financial ruin for perhaps a record number of humans it's clear that I'm not the only one in need of a reason to WANT to face a tomorrow that perhaps looks as grim as yesterday has been. So I offer this. (I made that order pretty tall, didn't I?)
The '2013, I Survived 2012 So It's Time To Rock My World' Challenge
And here's what we're going to do:
Take an empty calendar and use it to record friends' feats of hilarity, your personal goals that got their asses kicked, moments of wonderment, flashes of insight, and future plans of hijinks and mischief.
For example, when the thaw hits (I'll plan for March 1st) I plan on beginning my quest of burying 100 'heads of some kind' in an unsuspecting friend's new backyard. See? Something to look forward to!
Post your calendar where you usually keep the calendar that lists appointments, bill deadlines and other responsible adult events. (Post this one, too , just put it somewhere a little less intrusive to daily light-heartedness. The office, for example, not the kitchen.)
Now I'm not generally a 'What are you going to do for me?' kind of girl but I'm asking it of 2013! Nature, the cosmos, an evil almighty space bear or whatever you want to attribute to the uncontrollable forces that sometimes leave us wounded and defenseless have made some serious points in the past year.
Optimism doesn't always win out.
Suffering is often unjust.
Tomorrow continues to arrive despite the pain of today. (Okay, that last one can also be seen as a good thing but when you barely made it through yesterday and today was just as bad, tomorrow isn't always a bright prospect).
I guess what I'm getting at is that I don't like trying to fool people into thinking we're in control of the circumstances around us when it's clear that often we are not. But no matter who you are life offers you moments of joy in the midst of concerning times and painful hours. Don't allow these moments to go unnoticed! Cover this calendar every month with photos, memos, inspirational quotes, new curse words founded in a moment of panic and more!!! Not only will this 'highlighting of positivity' (okay, it's a revamped count-your-blessings) make you smile when you didn't think you had it in you, it will do the same to everyone who catches a glimpse. Especially if you've posted the pic of them with the boss' daughter. Hilarious!
Visit www.inspiringchallenges.blogspot.com for the official challenge post. Share your ideas there on how you personalized this idea, post your favorite 2013 moments so far or let us know how many appointments you've missed already due to my advice of moving your calendar!