Happy New Year!
My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,
My den is all a-cozy glow:
And snug before the fire I sit,
And wait to feel the old year go.
I dedicate to solemn thought
Amid my too-unthinking days,
This sober moment, sadly fraught
With much of blame, with little praise.
This is the first verse of a New Year's poem by Robert Service, which goes on to address all the emotions one might have as one faces the end of a year... happy, sad, grateful, remorseful...
And that pretty much describes me last night... I think I felt all of those emotions and then some, but I think of them all, grateful was the best. How lucky we are to have lived another year in good health, with everything we need and then some. How lucky we are to live where we do, where people are safe and secure; a land of opportunity.
I was going to beat myself up a little today about not being a high achiever with my New Year's Aspirations for 2011 but then I remembered my word for last year was "content". And I realized then, that regardless of everything else on the list of what I believed I should do or try to do, I had achieved that.
I am content.
And so my first word for 2012, to focus on for the month of January is "hush".
Hush is one of those words that can be soft and soothing, bossy, or sharp, lullabies and lilting songs...
I chose it first to remind me for the rest of the year, the rest of the words, to hush, and listen and see what comes...