Compliments of the season, dear Nostalgians 🙂
About this time last year, I spontaneously received the inspiration to do a 30 day guest blog challenge. It was largely inspired by the one which runs all December annually on Efe’s [@HL_Blue] blog where folk (including myself) get the opportunity to reflect on and review their past year. I thought it would be a great idea to do something similar in January where folk get the opportunity to speak into their new year the things they would like to see/have/achieve/experience etc.
The idea is to put down one’s hopes, dreams, goals, resolutions and/or aspirations for the year in writing and boldly declare it to the world; thereby taking that one bold step closer to achieving the things we want to achieve.
I already thoroughly introduced the concept here on the 1st of January, 2013. See a little excerpt of that below:
More often than not, a list of new year resolutions is supposed to be a motivation to self, with the only motivator being… again, self. And that’s why so many people fail at it, because when one can no longer motivate self, there’s no one else to turn to and you need some external help sometimes when you’re trying to make drastic changes in your life. With this, folk will be ‘faithing’ it out by putting it out there for their friends and for you, to hold them to. Thus, holding themselves to a higher standard.
Also, this goes beyond just putting down goals and targets for the year in writing. Goals, targets and projects are the expectations one can practicably make of oneself. This will however also include hopes and dreams; basically those expectations that are largely out of one’s hands/control and one can only hope and pray for (divine) favour to come their way concerning, while putting in the attendant work and playing one’s own part as well of course. And this is why I’ve laid the emphasis on these expectations by tagging this #30DaysOfHope.
Which brings me to faith. Writing these out will be a small step of faith on the parts of all entrants. Writing this, for most people, will be the first step (hopefully, of many) towards achieving the things they hope and aim for. It is taking these aspirations from their thought process, an intangible, abstract thing, and translating it into action, a tangible and concrete thing. It’s also a form of prayer. You’re telling the heavens (and the earth) that “These are the things I want and I’m doing something about it, now please help me out here”. Of course, it makes it even better if these people went the extra mile and actually, verbally prayed for/about these things, maybe involving their family and/or friends in the process *hint, hint*
And this brings me to the last reason why I (and by extension, the participants) will be doing this… To encourage others. There may be others going through the same issues one may be going through, by talking about and doing something about one’s issues, one also encourages others. Similar burdens may be shared, someone who has overcome the challenges you may be going through now may be led to encourage you and a stranger may just be inspired to say a prayer on your behalf. Of course, there’ll be the nay-sayers and the back biters. Let them talk. Their reactionary words hold no water to yours. You are the initiator, you have the upper-hand. Just as a precautionary measure however, comments throughout the run of the challenge will be moderated. This is no place for bile and bitterness, thank you very much.
I considered not running this challenge this time around, considering the immense amount of logistics and correspondence doing this entails and how busy January is already cracked up to be for me. But I came to the realisation just how selfish not doing this would be. Also, Efe’s indefatigable spirit has been such an inspiration. So we will have the #30DaysOfHope again 🙂
This is a call and an invitation. Anyone interested in putting in an entry for the challenge, please reach out to me in the comment section below, via twitter [@0toxic], email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or any other means available to you. You don’t have to be a blogger, a good writer or be on twitter. You may be yourself, use a pseudo or be anonymous. It may be lengthy, brief or even just in pictures. Style, length, format, language, etc, is all up to you. You may choose to share it or not to. All well and good.
The only requirement is to book a date and slot in the schedule on a first come, first served basis. From the 1st to 30th of January, once at noon and once at 6pm, posts may go up. A few slots have already been snapped up as of writing this post but there’s very likely enough to go around. But remember, first come, first served.
So come one, come all. Declare to the heavens and the people of the earth what you want, hope and dream for 2014 and begin to see it through.