Pentimento – the Italian word meaning “repeat or change your mind.” It’s appropriate for this time of year. This idea suggests that you leave your stumbles for other to see – not for the achievement of perfection but for the creation of something better.
The artist Anwar Matisse used this idea in his drawings until a satisfactory design developed. By practicing re-solution (to resolve yourself), drawing over or retracing our past lives as Matisse did with his art, we begin to see a pattern. Whether we like or dislike the pattern depends on what we see in the drawing. This time of year is perfect to make resolutions if we don’t like the pattern. This process is a return to our short comings chronically trying to solve ourselves knowing that we will never be perfect. We make peace with ourselves, our past and our future. By holding this thought in this moment we possess re-solution in our hands – it’s ours, it’s fantastic. It’s a big, bright orb of our possibility.
So, when you view the giant, silver, sparkling ball as it falls in New York Time Square for the countdown into 2018, just imagine that it’s your Pentimento.