This week between Christmas and New Year’s did not start out as I had planned. I wanted a very quiet and calm place of nurturing and steady rhythm with a lot of time outside to hike and play. I wanted time to dream and plan and unplug, which is what I normally do during these twelve days of Christmas and the twelve Holy Nights. Somehow, instead we ended up with commitments almost every day (yes, I forgot to use my “X”’s on my calendar to “X” off days, I guess!)
Then I guess our oldest daughter and I got sick with some sort of flu-like virus where we pretty much laid in bed for over 24 hours, too sick to do anything else…. And now the littlest one is down and out as well…..So that took care of our commitments, but not in the way that I had planned!
My wish for you this New Year is the gift of steadiness – of not jumping into the highs and lows, but the sure knowledge of when to take a risk to do something new and when to know when routine is just right. It is so important to remember that the most beautiful things in life are made up of the most ordinary moments. I constantly get reminded of this, because when I say “yes” to something, something else usually happens to derail it!
Here is a beautiful Irish blessing I shared on New Year’s some years ago, and I think its words ring true once again:
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
From an Old Irish Blessing, author unknown
Many blessings for a peaceful New Year with new beginnings of nourishment and love.