Make New Things – Again

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. – G.K Chesterson

To resolve or not to resolve.

Every new year we debate the effectiveness of making resolutions. For some, it is an exercise in wishful thinking.

For the artist, resolutions may be particularly distressing. We may have left much undone last year, and it can be scary to promise ourselves that the upcoming year will be different.

But the artist has an advantage. Creation, newness, and re-imagining is not a January 1st thing for us. It’s a way of life.

Every time we perform, compose, write, paint, or dance, we begin a process that forces us out of our comfort zone. We are in the business of New.

Chesterson also wrote that God never tires of creating. Each morning is a new perspective, every sunset a unique design. Perhaps we think making things new gets old. He doesn’t.

Don’t get weary of making new things, setting new goals, and once again looking forward to bigger and better. The only other option is settling for the same. We all know that’s not what creativity is all about.

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