Dear Beautiful Friends,
"Every moment is a fresh beginning."
Happy New Year!
Here we are at January 9th already,
and my first post since before Christmas.
Christmas was unexpectedly quiet and we were alone (family members
were sick). Our muted celebration was still fine; we made do. Everyone
is back to feeling better at last. New blog ideas are on my mind of what
I want to share with you in the coming days. But other things have
needed tending to (I can't multi-task as I once could, so it's one thing
at a time these days).
To hopefully make your visit today worthwhile, I share a thought from
author Paul Coelho I find fitting as we get the new year underway:
"It is always important to know when something has
reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing
chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is
to leave in the past moments in life that are over."
Oh my, I find the words of that last line most befitting these days.
When I turned 60, the milestone of a new and different decade became
my season for gathering the memories of my life lived thus far. It was a
time to remember and to put things in order. I've written some of my
stories, put photos together, created narrative timelines for future use,
revisited the good times, and let go of the less than stellar ones.
This spring I shall turn 66, and I have sensed a shift in my heart over the
past few months. The season to gather the old memories is, for the most part, over.
Now, there's an eagerness to release these former things of my earlier life
—including old habits and traditions, old thinking, even long time favourite items
that once gave delight but no longer serve the current me. And, to let go of what is
finished and also what remains unfinished, especially if its 'best before' date is well past.
In this new season, I'm eager for fresh beginnings. I want
to make new memories, explore new ideas, read new authors,
try new ventures. Oh, and write new blog posts and other lovely things.
I'm looking forward to experimenting with fresh recipes and replacing
what no longer fulfills. All the while making more space in my life to spend
with the people I care about, including you, who follow me here on my blog.
I am excited for 2023. No doubt, there will be days requiring much
much grace—our torn, sore old world is still very much tilted sideways—and
things don't always go to plan or desire. So we rely on the good Lord's grace
that is always available when we ask. I ask it for me, and I ask it for you as well.
Thank you to those of you who have enquired about me, asking me
how I'm doing—I so appreciate your love and concern. I am well,
just taking care of needful things at present. That's why
I haven't been around.
I will be back soon as I can. Hope you are well in body
and soul. Wishing you a beautiful, grace-traced year ahead.
Photo credit: Image by Cally Lawson from Pixabay