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2015 Summary of Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard: KiriLeonard.com
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.``
- Abraham Lincoln

Dear Reader,
It is that time of the year again; the New Year. A time where we reflect back upon the year that was. It might have been good, it might have been dreadful (I sincerely hope it has been a good one for you). Common for all of us is the hope that the New Year willbe better, and we will do more, achieve more and be happier. 

The holidays are often a time of melancholy for me, perhaps it is similar to you? My personality is often grounded in nostalgic memories rather than in reality. This feeling often comes with a sense of longing towards a childhood feeling that once was, but never can be again and an explicable feeling of loss. With every moment we change in one way or another, whether we want to or not. Time has that effect. I think these are topics I often revisit in my artwork as well.

The nostalgia may be a result of the past being so well known makes it comfortable, while the future being unknown seem so frightening (but also exciting).  Abraham Lincoln once said: “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” I take great comfort in that. For all our wants and desires, for our fears of not achieving our full potential, it is a valuable reminder. If it only one day at a time, it is manageable. With one day at a time we can take little daily steps towards a better tomorrow.

It returns us to the here and now, we can only exist right now. Not in the past, nor in the future, so my hope for the New Year is that you will have many glorious “now”s. Breathe it in and live, love and laugh.

Happy New Year to you and thank you for taking time our of your day to read my journal.
Love,
Kiri

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VeronicaKosowski Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Beautiful letter Kiri!  I too feel that sad nostalgic feeling sometimes around the year's end.  I try to always focus on how those past memories inform who I am today and who I'll be tomorrow, as well as take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful people and things in my life that make the now just as great as the times before.  I really like the Abe Lincoln quote and your analysis of it.  It's definitely a sentiment I want to internalize this year!
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kirileonard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Veronica, I think it's a good focus you have! It's a really nice way to look at the past and present :)
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