Happy New Year, Old Man Time and Child
Happy New Year to you all.
As the sun has set on 2008, and 2009 starts , it is personally a time for reflection and anticipation. This starting point enables me to contemplate my personal harvests and the events of the past year. It is a time to make resolutions and set intention for the coming year. It is a time of rejuvenation where we can honour the old and clear space for the new seeds to grow and flourish.
What did we do well? What could have been better? What have we achieved, against what odds?
The landscape today in the garden is frosty and covered in white, not snow just a frosty day and as the world awakes, a few birds chirp. A renewed sense of hope and clarity for the coming year.
The time spent over the holidays with my family has been painful as well as deeply rewarding, as we have been able to reflect together on where we are at this time in our lives and what our hopes and aspirations are. We also painfully walked through some doorways, i.e. we realised and recognised that our lives have changed. A few distances are forming in our relationships as we learn to let go a little : my little boys are growing into little men and my parents are slowly and surely getting older, tired and in need of more compassion and care. Yet despite some difficult times I realised that there are circles we work with i.e, our family roles are changing. My daughter and I have an adult understanding, my boys are gradually asserting their independence and my parents are letting go gradually in ever decreasing circles. It is my understanding now that we can let these changes happen because they are natural although some of us may want to hold onto the way things have been for a long time.
The shop has been super busy and the cards and wishes we have received from our customers have been endearing and enabled my DH to realise that the decision to buy the local shop has been the right one.
Our stress levels are reducing gradually as we find our place with worthwhile work, right environment and a sustainable way of life. An inner peace is evolving too.
The coming year is going to test our ability to provide 30% of our dietary needs. Eating seasonally will continue but also more continuous sowing and reaping.
I am not one for new year's resolutions per se but it is worth looking at where you hope to go this year and prepare to walk that path with confidence.