Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Woollen-Muffler Days

I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t want to set myself up for failure.

I do believe, however, that the start of a new year is a good time to reflect on the events of the past year, as well as your hopes and dreams for the year to come.

Every January, I turn the cover on my aging copy of Simple Abundance as if it were brand new to me. With my poor memory, it practically is.

Beginning with the January 1st entry, I embark on another “transformative year of delight and discovery,” in the words of author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Maybe this year I will add to the gratitude journal I began in 1997. Looking at it now brings back lovely memories, as well as remembrances of beloved people and pets who have since passed away.  This year, I might finally follow Sarah’s suggestion to make an illustrated discovery journal, collecting beautiful images that speak to my soul.

Or, maybe not. Who knows? I’m not putting any pressure on myself.

In any case, this new year holds untold possibilities for all of us, beginning with the (sometimes challenging in northern climes) beautiful, windy, snowy month of January.

“January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons. Come, let winter weave her wondrous spell: cold, crisp, woollen-muffler days, long dark evenings of savory suppers, lively conversations, or solitary joys. Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly. All of nature is at peace. We should be, too. Draw hearthside. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach

What are you dreaming about this January?

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