Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dreams for a New Year

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of [her] dreams, and endeavors to live the life which [she] imagined, [she] will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”                ~ Henry David Thoreau

I’m going to take Mr. Thoreau’s advice and march in the direction of my dreams trying to live the life I’ve imagined. And when I do I too shall meet success when least expected. Before I begin this new journey, I must take stock of the year that flew by on swift wings.

I shall consider where I’ve been, where I’m going, and where I want to go. I must review the year in my mind, embracing the memories of family, friends, laughter, and sometimes sorrows. I ask myself…Did I treat every person I met with respect and a gentle smile or was I too busy living that I forgot to be grateful, to be humble, to be loving? Did I sow some seeds of friendship along the way or disenchant old friends that deserve the best I have to offer? Did I plant a garden of flowers and tend it with fortitude mixed with joy or did I allow weeds and ill winds to choke the beauty? These are the questions that must be answered so I can begin the story anew on a clean slate

Once I have come to terms with 2009, I can begin my journey toward 2010 dreams. Whether you dream of gardens, flowers, vegetables, family, a life-change, a new love, or a new location, may you capture your dream in the New Year and hold it fast.

Mark Twain reminds us, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.





Happy New Year!


  1. What a great post. I think I like how Mark Twain put it best. I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

  2. Thank you, Noelle. I used photos I'd taken over the year...some I've used previously on the blog and a couple I'd not used.

    Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. I like the tulip detail. And THANKS to your blogroll, I have had more visitors.

  4. I thought the tulip looked someone had taken a brush and painted on the lighter color. I'm glad my blogroll brings traffic to Elephant's Eye.

  5. Beauitful...simply gorgeous in word and image! Wishing you many new blessings! lovely photos! Happiest new year!Fantastic post! Yay!

  6. Thank you Kiki! Happy New Year to you too!!!

  7. My dreams involve coming to Ohio to see my family and just enjoying life. Teresa, everytime I read any of your writings I am enthralled by your writings and photography.

  8. Awww...only from a big sis! I can't wait to see you and spend time in Port Clinton exploring! Hurry, June, hurry!

  9. Explore, dream, discover!!
    Lovely way to start the year!


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