And So It Begins

Foggy morningThis photo of the view outside the back of my house is a view I see all winter. Soon the birds will be flocking to the bird feeders where hubby has, like clockwork, been generous with a portion of seeds and suet. It is rainy and foggy and yet in someway so peaceful and soothing.

2021 has already started out on a good note. Fresh Market has the new stock of Chocolate Raspberry Truffle coffee on the shelves – my favorite. Hubby was proud to show me he purchased a bag just for me to enjoy. It is a kind and loving gesture and his way of loving me. It smells so lovely and warm and homey and tastes like hope and promise. My children have been peppering our phones with New Years wishes and bantering with each other as they always have. It reinforces the idea of what family is to me.

I signed up for a daily writing prompt offered via text by a local author. The first prompt today is about fresh starts. The idea that the date on the calendar suddenly changes everything has always seemed foreign to me. The only change I see is what changes from within us. And that can be beautiful and blossoming even in the dormancy of winter.

I created a Facebook page (Smidgens of Hope) designed to offer uplifting  or hopeful quotes. The quote I chose for New Years Eve was “On New Year’s Eve the whole world celebrates the fact that a date changes. Let us celebrate the dates on which we change the world.” by Akilnathan Logeswaran. Changing the world seems like a rather large task, but we do change it in small and seemingly insignificant ways.

I enrolled in a course I mentioned a few days ago offered by “The Daily Om”. This was the line in the description that moved me to sign up for the course: “By mining past experiences and inner wisdom, you’ll finally be able to answer that question we all want to know: Who am I?”. At least six people in my circle have also signed up for the course. I am embracing the possibility.

Last year I worked on strengthening bonds I had with friends old and new. This, I hope to continue. It was good for me to deepen those connections and rediscover the deep truths that serve to bond people together.

This space, this blogging place, has been a godsend for me. You have made me laugh and you have made me cry. Our conversations through comments have become my new circle of friends I hang out with daily. Thank you for all that you give by showing up here and putting your words on the page.

And as for the virus, my sleeve is already rolled up and waiting for the vaccine. I want to hug my family.

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