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The ending of a year
and the beginning of another year
is a very curious thing.
Most of us close each year with a celebration of some sort. There is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more, all representative of varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It seems in each way, there are gifts offered and received, wishes offered and received, and prayers offered and received. They all seem to be a celebration of sorts based on some event that had occurred in their cultural/ethnic past.
This appears to be fitting for closing a year. Celebrate all of the events and happenings which occurred from start to finish. Celebrate all the ups and downs. While the ups may have brought us great joy, the downs perhaps have given us much learning and new perspectives on what had transpired. It is all to be celebrated as it all brings us to the present.
And too, the new year is to be celebrated as we are now about to begin again to work and stride towards our goals and desires and somehow fulfill our most precious dreams. Perhaps in that instant between the ending year and the beginning year we may receive some sort of inspiration or insight that will aid us as we move forward.
In a sense it seems rather silly to think that in that instant we will transform our lives and become someone we want to be. How can this happen in an instant? Many will tell you it has happened to them. That they felt they had new life breathed into them and it sparked a transformation of how they then lived their lives. Others will shrug and sigh at the thought of having to endure just another year of the same.
I think we all have a choice of what will occur in that instant. I think this may occur at any time that we choose. I think we are capable of generating that spark at any time to make any change that we may want. I think all we may need to do is decide and point and go. Decide what we want, point ourselves in the direction that will take us there, and take that first step. Yes, take that first step.
So, for me, this ending/beginning instant will be perfect as I set out to do more in my community. I intend to purchase mostly "Made in America" goods and perhaps start a small garden of my own. I intend to eat as healthy as possible and I know this includes some desserts. I intend to have as much joy in my life as possible. And I intend to express myself in loving ways that will honor you and me as we explore this new frontier of a "New Year!"
Wishing you a safe, joyful, prosperous,
and magnificent "instant"
to take you on whatever
wondrous adventure is to your liking.