“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 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!