In many people’s minds, there may not be much of a difference between setting resolutions and setting goals, but I think there is. Resolutions sound more like a do or die thing to me. Whereas, goals are something that we can do over a period of time, making progress on them, without pressuring ourselves as much.
I categorize my goals as being either small or big. My big goal is to have my new poetry book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, out in the marketplace by March 1. It includes poems of many forms, not just haiku and senryu, as my previous title, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. You’ll be hearing more about this book soon! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing will be my seventh title. Watch for it!
As for small goals, I have set up another exhibit of my illustrated poetry that follows the last one at the Glenview Park District in Glenview, Illinois. I have another set of pieces exhibited there that will run through March 31.
Recently, the Illinois State Poetry Society was kind enough to feature news about my exhibits in its newsletter and to run samples of the illustrated poetry. Haiku with art is called “haiga” in Japanese. That’s what I run.
Continuing with my year ’round exhibits is a small goal that I have. Another small goal is continuing with my poetry column, “Creatively Versed,” that runs in a local lifestyle magazine, Winnetka Living. (I live in Illinois.) I select poets to be featured in my column and run one of their poems tying it into a particular theme. It’s been rewarding to network with poets, and give back to the poetry world. Poets are mighty!
As for this blog. I have a new goal. I will regularly feature poetry of various forms for all to enjoy, not just haiku and senryu. And, rather than just run winter poems in winter, spring poems in spring, etc., I will run poetry of all seasons year ’round. Therefore, wherever you live in this wide world, you’ll see poems of your current season, not just of my season!
In February, my blog will mark its fifth anniversary. That means, you won’t have missed a day of haiku in five years! Truthfully, when I started my blog, I didn’t have a goal as to how long it would run. But, coming up on five years, I now have a goal to keep it running for as long as I am “running.” I’ve decided to keep it going, because so many of you tell me you enjoy it and look forward to it each day, and because I pick up new followers each month.
I must say, in general, that if you don’t set any goals for yourselves, life can get pretty boring. Each year of my life, I have set personal and professional goals. Life just isn’t interesting without them.
Make it a good year, and set some goals, no matter how small or big!