Some years more than others I find tremendous relief in the tearing off of that last calendar page of the year, gratefully welcoming another forgiving starting place.
This New Year's Eve finds me there - relieved.
While 2008 shared enjoyable 'ups' it has ended in too many miserable 'downs'.
Even as I hold the precious gifts of 2008's lovely moments close, I conscientiously pluck the seeds of wisdom and experience gleaned from the ugly moments, realizing the gems, carrying them with me as healing tools which offer clarity to keep and to share.
A fresh start. I know time is only a perception. January 1st is as much a winter (or summer) day as December 31st. The way of nature has no mind. But I do. Marking time with celebratory or cleansing rituals nourishes me. Nourishes us.
As my heart quietly observes the old year's passing in the midst of boisterous friends and family I will raise my glass to the spacious possibility of the new year along with all of you. Cheers!
May 2009 enter gently into your life.
Happy New Year!!
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