Happy New Year



At first glance, today is no different than yesterday. Just another day. The sun rose this morning and later it will set. We got up and fed hungry children and responded to cries and weathered the storms of tantrums and tried to manage a sip or two of coffee between it all. And later, there will be more tantrums, more hungry, more cries and, yes, more coffee. And tonight, we will collapse into bed as we do every night, exhausted and happy and frustrated and scared and excited yet oh so ready for sleep.

But here and there, today, we will remember that there is something just a little bit special about today.

We will remember that while every day is a fresh start, today is something more. Today we take the time to think of how we want to be different, what we want for this one, precious life. We think new and bright and we see possibilities.

Today it is easier to remember that the tantrums and the cries and the hungry are our truths right now but it won’t always be this way. Because today we think about growth and the big steps and the scary leaps and we believe that all of those are both possible and necessary.

Today we start trying to be better. We put aside our fears and anxieties and we see our dreams.

Children wish that every day could be Christmas. I wish every day could be New Years Day.

Happy New Year to you. May your 2014 be beautiful and bright and everything you wish it to be. And may you live every day this year like it is New Years Day.

I leave you with this quote I found last night because it so perfectly sums up my wish for you, and for me, for 2014.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing the things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

~Neil Gaiman


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