Mojo: a magic charm or spell, commonly used to mean “Inspired Energy!”
Twenty-some odd New Years ago I made a resolution that I have yet to break. How many people can say that? In my truly inspired wisdom that day, I resolved to “Never again make a New Year’s Resolution.”
What I do instead is take the week between Christmas and New Year’s to think about what I want for the coming year; i.e. what personal, emotional goal would I passionately love to achieve? Over the week I think about how to attain that goal so by the 1st day of a new year, I have a crude plan in place. By the last day of that year, I reflect upon the crispness, fuzziness or absence of my achievement. By giving myself a year rather than one day to make a change, I hope that I will stand a better chance of success, which for many years worked like a charm.
Sadly, of late, each year speeds by like time-lapse photography, and I find my goals slipping over the cliff of business and old habits as springtime warms into summer. Pangs of guilt arise in October after the summer’s distraction of fun, travel and exploration fade. Once again, my favorite time of year – the nesting and brooding time of year when leaves blush and nature begins to hibernate – leads me to revisit my year’s ambition. By then it seems a distant dream, a moot point with the holidays looming again, so I have been caving in, letting go, disappointing myself more with each lightning fast year.
I want my Mojo back. I need my Mojo back!
Recently a friend told me a story of how I’d helped her get her Mojo back many years ago. When she had ‘burned-out’ and felt lost, I told her that when I felt like that, I would go to the library (before Google) and walk the aisles until something piqued my interest. I would do this for days until finally, looking through stacks of books I’d selected more out of some hidden instinct than any ‘knowing,’ interests and trends would emerge, shedding light on something I’d want to pursue.
It was a timely reflection she shared, and I decided to try an updated version this year to help me get past my funk of self-disappointments. I knew that I needed to stimulate my passion again, which, to me, equates to curiosity, learning, and giving so I did two things:
#1. I started walking without purpose to explore without intended discovery.
#2. I thought of something I missed in my life. This turned out to be my love of keeping up with culture, science and new thought. As an artist, these subjects feed my mind, which feed my curiosity, which leads to exploration, which leads to discovery, which leads to something I could give or contribute to others, which leads to feeding my soul.
The walking has been life-affirming, and after devouring several new-to-me magazines filled with articles about culture, life, art, science, technology, poetry, and the environment, I feel the dry and cracked plains of my mental studio turning green again.
I invite all of you to share your “Inspired Energy” this January and share your wellspring of renewal with us so we can all learn and inspire each other. I’ll be asking the women here in Kenya the same this month and posting their practices. From time to time, we all need to rekindle our unique spark.
May 2015 be our year of Inspired Energy; innovation, exploration, creation, and contribution. Here is to our success in moving forward to create our dreams and a better world for all.
Happy New Year!