Friday, December 31, 2010

Take Each New Day -- Bird by Bird

Several years ago I bought a book.  A little paperback book with a funny title..."Bird by Bird."  I bought it because it was about the creative process of writing and because the title intrigued me.  As it turned out, the book was about much more than writing.  It was about work and creativity, and laughter and even a little sadness.  Basically, it's about life.

There are indeed lessons for writers about plot, character development, endings and beginnings.  There are also lessons for living -- about finding humor and beauty in the world around us; about sticking with the task at hand; and yes, about endings and beginnings.  One of the biggest lessons, and hence the name of the book, is about taking things one step at a time and not letting yourself get overwhelmed by time, or rather lack of it; or by the scope of the task at hand; or even the road blocks that life, and some times we ourselves, put in our way.

So I thought I would end this year of ups and downs, sidesteps and backtracks by reflecting on the "birds" of 2010.
  • Great new friends, a couple really special ones.
  • A new place for creativity.
  • The challenge of new technology -- good and bad, LOL!
 And in the coming new year, here's to taking each new day "Bird by Bird."

 Happy New Year!



  1. beautifully said.
    I must learn to take on one thing at a time but as an artist it is just our nature to flutter from one thing to the next...
    I wish you health and happiness in 2011
    and I look forward to more of your posts!
    Happy New Year

  2. Happy New Year to you, dear Susan! I wish you good health, happiness and lots of creative ideas!
    Hugs to you,

  3. Love our birds, my friend. Can't wait to see what flies over.
    much love,