Here's my contribution for Illustration Friday this week - right at the last minute.
Where I grew up, there were always a lot of little lizards running around in the summer. Many of my friends caught them and kept them as pets. The whole thing kind of grossed me out - I secretly dreaded the Lizard Catching Season. One day I got brave enough to hold one and the lizard's tail literally snapped off in my hand, leaving a perfect bloody stub. I felt horrible for the little guy, but also sure I was going to upchuck the bologna sandwich I'd been lucky enough to score for lunch.
"Don't worry", my friend said as she slipped the now tail-less reptile back into the aquarium she kept in her room, "he'll grow a new one." What? For reals? And sure enough he did.
The New Year is all about Resolutions - a capital "R" one time chance to start over. But I much prefer the idea of renewal. Continually giving yourself to start fresh every moment of every day - the ability to grow new ideas, new aspirations, and new starts.