Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It Will Be A New Year

The card my mother sent this Christmas has a saying by Rainer Maria Rilke on the front:
And now let us welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been.

I like the way that sounds. I am taking that as my tactic to start 2009. I will welcome things that have never been...

while I let go of things that have been and are gone by. There are no do-overs. I can't go back.

Two weeks ago I used the word reconciled to describe how I feel about some of the decisions I have made in the last three years. What's done is done. The word reconcile means to bring harmony and that is the perfect description of what I want ~ to bring harmony into my life.

There will be no room for things that have never been and harmony unless I finish the process of letting go of regrets, old habits, and stories that no longer define me. I may not get a do-over, but I can begin anew. Then anything is possible.

Happy New Year everyone.

3 comments:

Kate said...

What wonderful words to start the new year. Best to you in 2009!

Have a wonderful celebration this evening and tomorrow.

Cindy L said...

I love that Rilke quote! Isn't it perfect? I'm looking out at the snow on the boulevard in front of our home -- and likewise seeing 2009 as a clean white sweep of possibility. I want to try to go a little easier on myself this year.

Happy New Year, Sharon, and thanks for sharing your midlife journey with me! It helps to have friends along the way.

Anonymous said...

That is a nice sentiment.

Happy New Year.