As they say of the Pirate Code in Pirates of the Caribbean, these are “more what you call guidelines than actual rules,” but they were conceived of as advice to my own self first and foremost. After discussing things I wanted us to leave behind in 2016, I started to think about what did I want to bring with me into 2017. I don’t do “resolutions” or believe in arbitrary “changing my life” scenarios, but I do believe in periodically reviewing my own inner workings.
One of my plans for creative growth was making a prayer/wish project. Inspired in part by Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees, and in part by my tribe’s practices of prayer ties, I wired up a downed tree branch on my front porch and began writing these rules (and other wishes, goals, prayers, and mantras) on strips of fabric that I then tie to the branches. Over time the branch will become covered with fabric in a variety of colors and with all of my wishes.
Here are the ten “rules” I have created for the upcoming year.
#2016Sucks, but maybe, just maybe, if we get ourselves together and make a plan, #2017Rules.