It doesn’t seem possible that another year has gone by and we are once again looking at starting a brand new year tomorrow. When I was younger, each year seemed to stretch out forever, and now they seem to slip by in a heartbeat.
But despite the speedy passing of each day, I look towards the new year, like so many others, as a “fresh start.” A blank slate where I can redesign my life, make new things happen, shake off some of the bindings of the past year and begin again.
Which is a lot to put on the turning of a page on the calendar, and yet each year I do it with a hope that there are exciting things waiting for me in the months to come.
And there always are. Quite mixed in with the lumps and bumps in the road there are always those moments of excitement and change, the glimmerings of dreams turning into realities.
And it is these moments that I want to dwell on at the end of the year. There are always the negatives. But the positives are what we celebrate – and in the strange way that our world and minds work, the more we celebrate the positives, the more positives we find! (maybe THIS will be the year I become a full-fledged optimist??!! ) I have many hopes and dreams for 2012, but just for today, I am going to quell the dreamer in me that always wants to looks at what’s next. and for once savour and enjoy the joys that have already come to pass.
Although I have not spent as much time here this year as in the past, I feel blessed to have this place to share my thoughts and ideas, to swap recipes, to share the joy of creating something new with others, to watch our gardens grow, to document the things that happen in my little corner of the world. I am thankful for each one of you who has shared this year with me, both old friends and new, and look forward to whatever 2012 will hold!
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2012!