Do you feel it too? The buzzing energy of a new year? Clear and bright and brand-new? I get the feeling something miraculous is going to happen.
It won’t, and that’s okay.
Dear New Year’s Day, a day that could be any day, any Average Day,
Let me not dismiss the gift that you are. Let me collect joy in your golden hours and honor you in the inky silence of sleepless nights. Let me grasp the miracle of now and not pine for the promise of tomorrow or someday. After all, we were never promised any day after today. Let me continually rediscover magic in the little moments — chocolate stained fingers and toppling Lego towers and books sprawled across unmade beds and someone’s sleepy breath on my neck — as though living them for the first time. And when I fall into bed at night, exasperated at having accomplished nothing that day, let me remember these moments, because someday my Average Day will be quieter, calmer, more serene. And I will wish like mad to hold this day again. This perfectly average New Year’s Day that could be any day.
I’ve been contemplating a word, THE word, my One Little Word (#olw) for 2014 over the past few days but no one word has felt authentic. Then last night as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came upon something written by Mother Teresa that embodies everything I want to keep in mind for this year:
May today there be peace within.
My you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you…
May you be content knowing you are a child of God…
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Here’s to peace, love and light in 2014…each and everyone of us.