One year draws to a close and another opens—a blank canvas before each of us. As I read the above quote from Neil Gaiman, I felt this conveys exactly what I would wish for us all. It’s a time of reflection and hope, a time of closure and new beginnings. A time to think of what we’ve learned and what we hope to create. Here are some of my own musings of discoveries and deeper learnings from the past year:
I learned that life really is all about relationships. It is the community we create and care for that lift our lives.
It is the small daily acts that create a life. Acts of rhythm, acts of structure, acts of discipline, acts of creativity, and acts of character. Life doesn’t suddenly swirl into suddenly into being. A magnificent life is often composed of seemingly mundane daily acts.
Unexpected tragedies happen to good people.
Community, love, creativity, honesty, and rigor overcome negative forces. Maybe not the first time, or even the second, but in the arc of life, their energy rises again and again.
Forgiveness, to receive and to give, casts its ripples farther than we’ll ever know.
Never mistake kindness for weakness.
Gratitude deepens with time.
JK Rowling’s words, “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Dreams do come true – and almost always in ways we never imagined.
Today I’ll sit with my journal and write of all I am grateful for and what I hope to bring into being in the next year. Some of these dreams and goals will hopefully find life and others will inevitably get moved to a next journal next New Year’s Day. As the swirling of the past year briefly settles and transitions into the next, I think of you and what I hope 2014 may bring.
May the New Year Bring
May you gather your tribe around you and all take good care of each other.
May your path be filled with blessings and beauty.
May the New Year bring gossamer strands of peace, where there was pain.
May we live not with regret, but with what we’ve learned through our experiences. Regret paralyzes. Learning expands.
May the New Year sparkle with potential, hope, dreams, and a healthy dose of magic to you and yours!
On this first day of the New Year most importantly, I wanted to express my gratitude for you. In our Dewdrops community, your ideas, experiences, wisdom, and understandings of beauty and life enriches my world exponentially. I learn so much from you. Your generosity of spirit never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I wanted to take this moment to express my deep gratitude to you. Thank you.
Wishing you a year of love, magic, and dreams.