Last year I vowed I’d send holiday cards. Christmas came and went. Fortunately, I noticed the coming and going, so I ordered cards to send for New Year’s Day.
I chose these from Betsy Ann Paper on Etsy. I’ve gotten to know Liz, the designer, a little bit, via her writing for A Practical Wedding and on her blog, Happy Sighs. They arrived beautifully wrapped.
Then life happened. The Gregorian New Year came and went to visit his friend Christmas. But, having vowed to send cards, I persisted.
This weekend marked the Lunar New Year. What ho! I went to San Francisco’s Chinatown and picked up a stamp. As usual, if you widen your world view, good things show up in the enlarged lens.
Gong Xi Fa Cai, or, as these characters say, Xin Nian Kaui Le! Hello Year Of The Snake.
I don’t do resolutions, but when I vow, I deliver. I am trying to send a card to everyone who has mailed me over the past few years. If I didn’t get you this year, I may vow to do it next year. Vows are serious business, only to be undertaken when you have success in sight.
We can always look for hearts instead, if we find our New Year has become Valentine’s Day. Consistent success relies on flexibility, generous redefinition, and, occasionally, little friendly semi-crafty tricks.
In a few days you can watch the parade concluding the celebrations, here.