Happy New Year friends,
Looking back on the four weeks of Advent, as we patiently prepared for the celebration of Christ’s birth we waited with Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Now that we’re in Epiphany I strongly feel the need to keep these four important reminders in my back pocket because the power and meaning behind these words are like a road map for us to use as we navigate through life.
I’m a very big fan of authors, bloggers, and poets that write about life and managing our expectations and desires for community, relationships, and family. And I recently found two new writings with simple reminders that are right on the money when it comes to relationships.
I recently read this Swedish proverb, and the suggestions in this proverb can enhance our experiences, our relationships, and our life choices.
Fear less, hope more,
whine less, breath more,
talk less, say more,
hate less, love more,
and all good things are yours.
I also came across this writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson with suggestions on living with less anxiety with the aim of living a more purposeful life. This is something we all strive for and these reminders can help us to remember
“He is rich who owns the day.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Wishing each of you a healthy, hopeful, peaceful, joyful, and loving New Year.
Blessings in Christ,