Dear 2012

Dear 2012,

I’ve been hearing your name circle around quite a bit lately, mostly about the anticipation of meeting you.  My friends and family can’t wait and many are even throwing parties with you as the guest of honor, waiting for just the right time for you to show up (good thing you’re punctual).  Many people see you as a new friend who’s full of endless possibilities hoping you’ll be kinder, gentler, and more forgiving than their old acquaintance, 2011.  Some people even set goals and make resolutions in your honor as if all it takes is you showing up for them to take action and pay tribute to their own lives.  Do they realize they have the ability to make different  decisions any time of the year?

For me….I don’t do new years resolutions.  To set them with specific goals such as….eat healthier, exercise 5 times a week, walk more, drive less, love more, fear less….etc etc….makes me feel as if my life right now needs to be fixed changed as if it’s broken not quite “right”.  And…while that may be true…my life is what it is and my choice is to fully experience every moment of it….in times of challenge and triumph, in times of sadness and joy, in times of fear and bravery…and. and. and.

My choice is to create an extraordinary life out of ordinary moments… matter what year/month/day it is and encourage you to do the same.  Maybe set an intention for the year based on a word.  My word for 2011 was “SHIFT”.  Shift certainly served me well for 2011.  You can read more about it here. Shift was a simple reminder and a change in my perspective that transformed my entire outlook on who I am, where I live, and what I choose to do.

So 2012…I look forward to your arrival and to meeting you in person.  I look forward to sharing my word and my life with you.  I look forward to all you have to offer with whatever it is you’ve got.  But most of all, I’m thankful for bringing you into my circle of friends all whose names are those of prior years.  Of course I have my bff’s named 1992, 2001 and 2003 who brought me the gift of my husband and children to keep me enrolled in the school of life.  An education that teaches me selfless love and patience.  I’m sometimes a slow learner….so thanks for all of them.

With Gratitude,






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