On New Year’s Eve I’m reminded that the new is always born out of all that has gone before.
The ghosts of our past both comfort and haunt us, traveling with us into the newness of each day, each new year.
Our roots run deep into the soil of our life experiences, and our parents’ and grandparents’ experiences. Our roots live in the knowings and acts and loves of all of those who came before, and all those who journey with us now.
We draw the energy and motivation to move forwards from the richness of our past .
As we reflect on our lives up to this moment, there are moments of sorrow as well as joy. Disappointments mixed in with our accomplishments.
There are those loved ones we’ve lost along the way, friends estranged, colleagues left behind.
And of course there are those friends and loved ones with us still, who have been our companions for much of our lives.
Each of these relationships, each of these experiences has enriched us in countless ways.
They are all our mentors.
So let us bless it all. Let us recollect all of those people who have been our companions along the way. Because our history also shows us our path forwards.
Whether our memories are bitter or joyful, or mixed; let us bless them, forgive them, appreciate them, and acknowledge what we have learned from each one.
Let us recollect the many experiences of our lives. Let us accept them, the painful as well as the positive ones, as part of our story. Each one has played its part in bringing us to this moment, at the cusp of a new year.
Our lives are infinitely enriched with the people and experiences of each passing year.
Let us move forwards in peace, accepting what has been, and forming a clear vision of the life we intend to live moving forwards.
It is our inner vision, our power of imagination to create the life we desire, which moves us forward.
On this New Year’s Eve, skip the resolutions and instead envision the life you intend to live from this moment on. Determine what you want to hear, and see, smell and feel in your daily life.
Our dreams and intentions are the seeds which create what we desire.
Planted in the rich soil of our life, nurtured with awareness and intent, our vision will grow into reality.
May you walk in beauty and happiness through all the days to come.
Woodland Gnome 2014