We’re edging into the new year which carries with it a certain amount of hope and expectation. Jumping into January offers the opportunity to “start fresh” and many people are making goals and resolutions and reflecting on what did or didn’t work last year.
I tend to make small goals throughout the year rather than huge ones at the beginning. For 2016, though, I’ve been more intentional about planning and projecting goals. I have so many ambitions and ideas that I normally map out randomly throughout the year, but this year I’m taking time to consolidate and detail those plans.
As I’ve been mapping out my budget, my writing goals, my travel destinations and more, I’ve been looking for one overarching lesson to focus on this year. I’ve been thinking of how I want to grow overall and how I can intentionally develop that growth in my life.
A few months ago, I watched this Freunde von Freunden video about a Romanian carpenter who specializes in making spoons.
The video inspired me more than I expected and I’ve used it as a reference and a teaching tool in different contexts. I encourage you to find a space to watch it and reflect on the words, the images, the metaphors that are presented.
In 2016, I hope to become a little bit like this spoon maker. This video marries practicality with philosophy in the beautiful, tangible object of carved wooden spoons. We all use spoons every day but Mark Tudose views his work as more than just providing a practical object. He sees the bigger picture. He understands stories and how value and quality increase in tandem with story. He sees behind the object, the immediate work, and into the people.
He doesn’t just have an idea, he intentionally creates. He doesn’t just make spoons, he is driven by purpose. Ideas without action are dead. Action without understanding is less effective.
This year I want to cultivate ideas and turn them into practical action. I want to pursue experience to increase understanding. I know, for me, this will take the form of travel and exploring ideas through reading, asking questions and working on personal and school-related projects. I also want to explore local culture, push myself creatively, and intentionally meet with people I love and admire for regular conversation. My hope is to track this process here on the blog so I can both remember and share what I learn.
So here’s to a 2016 that combines ideas with action, experience with understanding, and work with purpose.
Happy New year!