As this year comes to a close I thought about how best to say goodbye to 2014. A year of change, challenge, sadness, growth, courage, and learning. But I realized in many ways I have already said my goodbyes. Instead I think I’d rather welcome in the New Year by saying hello.
Hello to new beginnings
Hello to new adventures
Hello to new awakenings
Hello to new possibilities
Hello to new passions
Hello to new ideas
Hello to new journeys
Hello to new directions
Hello to new dreams
Small moments in time.
We experience many such moments each and every day.
I try to capture these through my words and my pictures. Sometimes it works. And those moments are caught. Their meaning, their essence, and their grace shines through radiantly and perfectly.
While away for Christmas with my family, I saw and I felt and I experienced, so many of these small and wondrous moments.
Here are my pictures of those moments. I hope that they convey the joy, the warmth, the love, the beauty, and the magic of how I am feeling this holiday season.
It isn’t necessarily the grand events or big moments that are the most memorable…
Instead, sometimes it is the small moments in time, that warm our hearts and bring us peace.
This year my gifts do not come from a store. No, they are something much better and more valuable and precious than anything that can be bought.
My gifts are beautiful and real and simple.
As I sit here and write about these gifts, I feel my heart opening and expanding. I feel on the verge of something. Something miraculous and wonderful. New beginnings, new paths, new journeys.
And the gifts keep coming.
They are sometimes unexpected. Sweet surprises that fill me with deep gratitude. I am embracing each and every one of them. I am wide open to receiving. And to giving with my whole being in return.
The greatest gift of all I have received, is the gift of today. It is a day full of possibilities. Overflowing with hopes and dreams and promises.
May this holiday season bring you these same gifts and so much more. From my heart to yours.
A Nor’easter visited us last Tuesday. And lasted for over 3 days.
It stalled and dumped heavy snow that measured in feet. It downed trees and power lines. It closed schools and roads. It left a trail of destruction.
And then when the clouds finally cleared and sun shone…it also left a winter wonderland.
Words cannot describe the beauty and magic of the snow laden trees.
Their limbs bending down to kiss the earth.
Their icy branches glistening in the sun.
Birches bowing deeply over roads and trails.
Pines tall and straight coated in white frosting.
I was transported into an enchanted land. A forest of delight. A Robert Frost poem that left me in awe at the power and wonder of Mother Nature.
As I left, I said a prayer for those still without power. I raised my hand in thanks to the many utility trucks along the road. And I felt grateful for being able to experience this…
A true winter wonderland.
Hunting season, for the most part, is over here in Vermont. This means I can get outside again and explore. It means I can visit and revisit the places I love so much. And it means I can find room to spread my wings and to breathe more deeply.
Winter is long. And it’s only just beginning. Finding solace and happiness in nature can become a little more challenging.
But I manage. I find that I am able to replenish my spirit even with small adventures and short journeys. I don’t need to travel far to find what my soul needs.
I don’t need to look too hard to feel peace and serenity in the world around me.
I am blessed to be able to immerse myself completely, engage all my senses, and feel all the incredible beauty that surrounds me.
Even in winter. Especially in winter.
There’s something unique about adventuring in the winter. The snow, the ice, the cold, the bare trees and frozen landscape…it seems as if the earth has expanded instead of contracting.
And there truly is more room…to breathe.
On the road of life we sometimes come to a place where…suddenly and almost without warning… the fog lifts.
And as you turn the corner, you can see clearly, that the path in front of you is wide open.
The past has become the past. It is behind me now. I’m standing in the present moment. Seeing, feeling, touching, hearing, tasting.
The future completely unknown. But not in a frightening way. An exciting way. I am finally trusting the adventure of being alive.
It has been quite some time since I have really looked around. Really noticed this amazing life I’m living.
And to see how important it was for me to go through the pain and sadness instead of around it. Because in doing so I came out the other side.
And I found that I am ok. Better than ok. I am me again.
The lightness, the happiness, the joy is back.
I’m standing on a different edge. One that’s in the here and now.
Knowing that I have discovered something inside me through this journey of healing that won’t let me fall. But instead it will give me the wings I need…