In just a couple of hours, we set our sights on new beginnings for a new year and new decade…the 20s! WOW; truly remarkable! While the “auld lang syne” literally offers “old long since” for “old time’s sake,” this new year and decade offer sacred opportunities. The changes, growth, triumphs, missteps, JOYs, and sorrows of prior experiences bring a fresh and clearer perspective to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, and to love more. As we observe, our traditions are the stories we narrate and write together as family and friends; gratefully, we all begin another year of building on those traditions while continuing our stories. After all, it is said no gift is too small or simple to receive when wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied in love. So…I offer this hopeful challenge to us all in 2020 to: BE in the moment, breathe deep and fortifying breaths, forgive with grace, share softer answers, encourage one another, keep promises, forgo grudges, apologize, work to understanding, walk more, seek adventure, smile at strangers, examine personal demands (this is me preaching to me), think first of others, be gentle and kind, laugh more, learn a new skill, observe the beauty and wonder of the world, ask questions, explore nature, express thanks, welcome others, and speak your love over and over and over and over again and again and again and again! The spiritual gift of actively living this challenge with grace and gratitude fills my soul with hope as time marches onward, and hope, my friends, constantly prevails in all our daily humanness.
May this new year and new decade bring to you and yours bountiful blessings filled to overflowing with hope, peace, JOY, and love. Happy New Year 2020!