Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Tennyson
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect over the holidays, the agoraphobia and the bitter cold has kept me close to home, and although sometimes I think I am going crazier than ever, I found plenty of amazing moments to curb the uncomfortable ones. I spent some quality time with family. My children and I hunkered down during a 3 hour power outage on Christmas Day night. We played old games like “I Spy” and childhood games we’ve invented over the years. I want more moments like these, because really, nothing else matters to me but laughter and the present moment, especially when it comes to spending time together as a family.
As you know, I spend a lot of time online. I have created many friendships, and some of these friendships have a very deep connection. Thus, we support each other in our daily lives. For many years, we watch our children grow up through pictures, share baptisms, and weddings. In this day and age, online relationships, for me, are as important as some of my personal, face to face relationships.
I also noticed…
This time of year, many of you are making goals, setting intentions, and saying goodbye to 2013 to welcome in the New calendar year. According to what I’ve read on social media, 2013 was a very challenging year for many of you. Many have suffered losses, sickness, breakups or personal crisis’. I’ve also seen disappointments, job losses and a rise in anxiety and depression. Yet, among the angst and pain, I also witnessed love, kindness, and accomplishment.
I’ve kept tabs on a strong women I admire, become a single mother and turning her life around. Her personal triumph has inspired me to be a better single mom to my kids, and witnessing her grow with her young son as 2013 progressed, was an honor. I am most humbled by her experience.
I have also seen many of you experience some very amazing moments. Your book published, a happy new marriage, engagement, or you found the love of your life. You started painting lessons, experienced personal breakthroughs, received awards, rewards, and a new baby was born. Maybe someone in your surroundings graduated or maybe it was you? You followed your passion such as photography, public speaking, teaching or writing. And the amazing amount of acts of kindness throughout the year, to me, to others and to the world helps my own personal perspective of 2013 change for the better.
So although, some of your personal moments need to exit, I also see those moments which need to be embraced and acknowledged.
We are not limited to a year really, those are just numbers. Yet, for some, January 1st of the calendar year allows them to have a benchmark to do better… and feel better. And that is fantastic! Keep moving forward, gently, compassionately, and kind. No matter where you are at in 2014, you can continue the course or change your path completely.
There is no time like the present to be perfect just the way you are.
So, today, and for the rest of the year to come, remember, the one thing that keeps us going: LOVE.
And this my friend always starts with you.
Happy New Year every day of 2014!
I leave you with this most appropriate quote:
“In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth, an absolute faith in your unlimited potential, peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty, the confidence to let go when you need to, acceptance to replace your resistance, gratitude to open your heart, the strength to meet your challenges, great love to replace your fear, forgiveness and compassion for those who offend you, clear sight to see your best and true path, hope to dispel obscurity, the conviction to make your dreams come true, meaningful and rewarding synchronicities, dear friends who truly know and love you, a childlike trust in the benevolence of the universe, the humility to remain teachable, the wisdom to fully embrace your life exactly as it is, the understanding that every soul has its own course to follow, the discernment to recognize your own unique inner voice of truth, and the courage to learn to be still.”
― Janet Rebhan