It's 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day 2012 and I am filled with joy for the many blessings I have experienced and shared the last 12 hours. I was hoping to post another blog for 2011 and it wasn't meant to be. Instead, I've had many unexpected blessings happen the last day of the year which, in turn, have allowed me to be in a very special sacred space to greet the New Year.
I wanted to share with you the importance of setting intentions for the New Year by doing only those things you wish to do more of during the upcoming year. And not do anything you don't want to be spending a lot of time doing.
I did the cleaning I really wanted done early in the day symbolic of having a clean house and a fresh start. We, Hilory and myself, had conversations with a few friends, then errands we wanted to do. There was the wooden snowman delivery to a family member, donation of building materials to the local deconstruction warehouse that supports the creation of housing for those in need and gathering of materials to repair and maintain our home.
A feast of foods to fill the body prepared by my daughter and myself, playing with our grandsons and watching the New Year's celebration in New York City with a delightful dessert filled most of the evening. Then they headed back to their home while Hilory and I watched yet another Christmas movie we hadn't seen.
Shortly before midnight we changed the channel to watch the ball drop as we counted down to the New Year of 2012. Then back to the movie with a fire in the fireplace and cat on my lap.
In many Asian Feng Shui traditions it is stated that a person should only do on New Year's Day those things that they want in their lives for the upcoming year. Henceforth, we need to plan what they might be. Also, anything you don't want to be spending lots of time doing in the year to come should either be done the days before or after.
Having a clean home is nice, so some cleaning was done, but not at the expense of savoring the playful and bright-colored decorations from Christmas. They can be taken down and boxed up on Monday.
Several bills were paid-in-full the last couple of days to lighten the debts for the coming year. I already feel less weighted down having paid for products and services rendered earlier in the year.
I had a few moments to read some of my spiritual and inspirational books just before heading to bed. As I was doing this, my heart was filled with joy as I thought of the day.
I am very blessed. One of my blessings this past year has been to be able to write my posts, sharing my knowledge and thoughts with you. Many of you have thanked me for the diversity of my writings. I'm delighted you are enjoying them. They fill my soul with gladness as I write them.
Since this is something I want to continue in the New year, I am taking time right now to do it. It is a blessing for all of us to have the Internet where thoughts can be shared and accessed. I'm grateful to have a computer on which to write and a website where it can be posted.
As I looked around my home after midnight I was amazed that everywhere I looked it felt I was seeing the place with totally new eyes. I have learned so much this year. I am so grateful for everything I have and everything I am able to do. There have been challenges, and...
It's a really good life! Thank you!
Blessings to all of you and Happy New Year!