Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Dawn, a New Day, a New Year

Happy 2010 to everyone everywhere! The past few weeks have been a challenge for me - some minor complications from my surgery making recovery a little less easy than I had anticipated - but I'm hoping that I've finally turned the proverbial corner and with each passing day will continue to feel better and stronger. It's definitely time to "get back to work", so here I am (hopefully on a consistent basis once again), and for those of you who expressed concern and sent well wishes - a belated but heartfelt thank you! I'm definitely looking forward to the New Year and all it inspires - along with the promise of new starts, change, and growth.

I wanted to share one of my favorites from my personal collection of poems and prose - and I thought this piece would be appropriate for the start of the New Year.

These Are My Wishes For You (by Sandra Sturtz Hauss)

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time in each day to see beauty and love in the world around you.

Realize that what you feel you lack in one regard you may be more than compensated for in another. What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another's judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

(If I could add anything, it would be perhaps to always find inspiration and food for your spirit, and the courage to explore the endless creative possibilities that exist in this experience we call life, just waiting for you to add your own special interpretation and touch.)

Karen (aka Mystic Wynd)

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