Opportunity: the start of a new page

January 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Writing Space

2008 an opportunity to write Starting to write is like the start of anything new – we’re never entirely sure where it’s going to take us. Sometimes the blankness of the page can get in the way of getting started, and we need some hints, some suggestions, some reminders, to get us underway.

At those times of stuckness I often turn to the dictionary to get me started, exploring the meanings and associations of a word to find a pathway through. This time was no different. “Opportunity” I typed. Opportune, the dictionary came back: a fitting time. A favourable combination of circumstances. A possibility.


Because January is a fitting time indeed. The start of a New Year, a time of resolutions, of new beginnings. A time when we look hard at the things we want to make happen in the months ahead.

And writing, our use of words, well that can help us to achieve those goals, make a reality of those dreams. Maybe that’s writing to promote our business, to make connections with new clients or business partners. Or maybe your writing will be the project – something you’ve been planning for a while, like starting a blog, or some travel writing, or a family memoir.

Building the space to write into your year ahead can help you achieve those goals.

But writing doesn’t just help us to make things happen – it helps to open up new possibilities. Because the more we write – expressing our ideas, our thoughts, values, dreams – the more we come to understand ourselves. We learn from what we write. Come to recognise what’s important to us.

And the more we know ourselves, well the more we open up the door to what might and will be possible.

Because as we write, so our words resonate with others. Make a connection. Our words intertwine. And people we might never have met and might never meet who will come to recognise the possibility of working, studying and learning together with us, of exploring new ideas, of creating new opportunities – and then making them happen.

Writing our way into a new set of possibilities.

The New Year offers the promise of a fresh start, a new chapter, a clean page.

In the words of poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Enjoy the start of the New Year, and putting your words on that page.


4 Responses to “Opportunity: the start of a new page”
  1. Chris says:

    One of the things i love about reading Calm Space is the assumption of all contributors that dreaming and reflecting and taking our own paths is the natural way to behave.
    Joanna you bring to all that the assumption that anyone can and will write. And you show them how! Bravo.
    I love that it takes the mystique and any need for “talent” out of the mix and replaces that with a love of using words to help ourselves!

  2. Joanna Young says:

    Thank you very much Chris. Another shining example of words resonating!

    Your last sentence means a lot to me – it’s one of the things that I hope to achieve through my work.

    “I love that it takes the mystique and any need for “talent” out of the mix and replaces that with a love of using words to help ourselves!”