New Year’s Day, the day of disassembling Christmas decorations, removing the detritus of late nights and winter break.
Happy New Year, friends and framily.
The new year starts with good intentions, resolutions and dreams of summer days.
Quickly the days have flown, good news and bad, birthday celebrations and holiday events all blur with the rapid turn of calendar pages.
Recount the events from 2012, month by month and be grateful for the many blessings of the year.
2012 was a good year.
Visiting friends, parties, college visits, a wedding, a house sale, travel and college acceptance letters headline, the kernel of the story.
I wonder if the month of December is positive and bright does it affect the entire year or do I remember to be grateful for the happy events of August or May and realize the blessings of every day?
I listened to the self help gurus remind me to cherish myself, pick solid attainable goals and live in the present. Is it possible to do this when school schedules, work projects and daily living demand plans and reservations?
The present seems so optimistic and full of potential and the past drags me down with its heavy baggage.
I look to find balance of forethought and memory, a few words to offer to my daughter, words of wisdom to remind her of roots even as she flexes her wings.
The old song lyric plays.
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day.
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away.
I hope you find that falling star for 2013 and carry the blessing with you each day.
Bonne Annee, Gut Yul and Happy New Year. Blessings for the best life.