The Turning of Days

Well, it’s here. 2018 has thankfully ended. Maybe 2019 will be better. But I’m not sure what is meant by ‘better’. Some things will never be better, like the loss of Sam this year. But maybe, even if some things don’t ‘get better’ other things will bring us moments of happiness. I’m not looking for joy, but we could sure all use some smiles. Maybe some laughter if we’re lucky.

The year has been hard for many friends and family. I hope the year has also included some moments of peace and circles of love. I hope those I care for found hugs when they needed it, like I did. I hope they found someone to wipe their tears and hold them up when they couldn’t stand on their own.

For those who had a wonderful 2018, I hope you keep that joy and find it increased in 2019. Thank you for taking that joy of yours and spreading it around, and allowing others to feel its warmth.

I’m going to try and find joy in 2019. I’m not too worried though. Because if I can’t find it on my own, I know those in my circle of life will share and I will bask in those moments like a tiny Twinflower in the woodland floor when a beam of sunlight makes it through the forest canopy.

There are so many ‘Happy New Year’s’ being voiced right now and I appreciate the sentiment behind the words. But this, found on the Facebook site ‘Contemplative Monk’ resonates with me so I’m going to share it here for its wisdom.

‘The old year is worn and tired. Time now to kiss it goodbye. Take with you its wisdom – the authority and the power of all you have learned. Remember the past year with love, but let go of its despair. Live the year that lies ahead with fresh energy and hope. Be strong, have courage. It is time now for something new.’

What is new ahead of us in 2019? Obviously I have no idea, but the sun is out melting the snow, ice is now water dripping from the tree branches, and change is in the cold and brilliant air. So let’s step out and see what we find.

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7 thoughts on “The Turning of Days

  1. I like the quote, it’s mellow yet still looking forward and not dwelling with what’s behind.

    I know this was a rough year, yet I do hope you continue to find happiness in the little things and that they’ll soon grow larger and more plentiful. So I have to say it… Happy New Year!

    Remember, the sun is always behind the clouds even if we don’t see it.

    • I do love to find the happiness in little things. Those tiny moments when you suddenly realize ‘hey! I’m happy!’. I don’t mean that in a pathetic way but as in when you stumble across unexpected treasurers. And a very happy new year to you, too.

    • Thank you. I loved that quote, too. It’s like drawing in a deep breath, realizing you’re not alone, and realizing it’s all okay. And onward we go, right?

  2. 2018 was an absolute mess, and my hope is the new year will be be “better”, but as you put it, the quantifying of good and bad, and better is pointless with irrevocable loss. I’ve finally accepted I don’t have control over those things that brought us loss and sadness. I can only control my reactions and attempt a brighter outlook. Taking the power, leaving the despair is about the best one can do. I’m celebrating (well actually, I’m sick with a crippling head cold) the new year, but moreso because I survived the last one than any idea of a “better” 2019.
    Wishing you a huge share of joyful moments, and smiles, they’re almost never found when looking for them.

    • That last bit about joy never found when looking for it is so true. As well as controlling our reactions (as best as possible). Words of wisdom, there. Hope you get to feeling better fast.

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