Saturday, 31 December 2016

Looking Forward

Hope. The looking forward of things to come, the belief that good things will happen, the trust that "better" awaits. The gentle wind that can lift our spirits and move us forward.

 "Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, 
and sings the words without the tune and never stops at all."

(Emily Dickinson)

As we look ahead to a new year, many resolutions will be shaped. Yours (if you make them) and mine (if I make them). Perhaps, they will just be whispered silently within our own thoughts, maybe they'll take the form of words written down in a journal, on a refined piece of paper or the back of an old envelope. Maybe, they'll be displayed as pictures on a vision board (like Sherri's) or we'll see them only when we close our eyes. I think, at the core of every resolution, every promise we make ourselves, is hope. 

So it is with much hope, at the start of this new year just a midnight away, that I am looking forward to:


*spending time with those I love & holding them close*


*growing food & flowers in my little garden*


*crafting beautiful & useful things with my own hands*

*learning some new skills & refining a few others*


*walking regularly with the warm sun on my shoulders & sand between my toes*

* continuing to simplify my life & letting go of more that is unnecessary*

*exploring the natural world & taking purposeful steps to care for our Earth*

*reading many, many books*

*returning to beautiful Straddie
(Just under a year away now but who's counting!)

*watching the sun rise on the new days I am blessed to live*

A new day dawns, one of my 16, 263 days lived...so far!


As this new day dawns, and a new year beckons, I hope that you have much to look forward to. May 2017 be a year of hopefulness and happiness for you.

Meg




























12 comments:

  1. Hi Meg, I love this time of year, I always have so much "hope" for the next year. I do plan, in a haphazard kind of way, nothing set in concreate, more wishes than plans really. I do reflect though, see what has worked for me this year and what definitely didn't, what bought me joy or what caused too much stress to try again. Thank you for your lovely writing, there is always so much peace in your style, and I think it must reflect your nature. Have a wonderful day today and a lovely New Year's Day tomorrow.
    Fi

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    1. Hi, Fiona. Thank you for your lovely sentiments. I think that in whatever way hope manifests; in resolutions, wishes, dreams, plans, or just in our thoughts; that it is the hoping that is important. All the very best for your day too and for the new year to come. Meg Xx p.s. Thank you for so many inspiring recipes on your blog. They always leave my mouth watering!

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  2. Many blessings for the coming year for you too Meg, what ever you choose to do :)

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl. I know you are planning on much decluttering so I hope you'll have lots of time in the days to come for making that a reality. Meg:)

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  3. Happy New Year to you Meg, I hope it brings a fruition of all your hopes and dreams.

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    1. I hope the new year unfolds with many happy days for you and your loved ones too, Jan. Meg:)

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  4. Thanks for the link to my post Meg. Not long to go now before we arrive at 2017. I hope that your year is filled with love, joy, much happiness and all other good things.

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    1. Best wishes for this new year to you too, Sherri. May hope and happiness fill your days. Meg:)

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  5. Happy New Year Meg. I hope it brings you much joy and a visit to your Straddie where I have never been.

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Nanna Chel:) There's a lot to look forward to and much to do but I know Straddie will be waiting at the end of the year. Given how fast last year seemed to pass by, that's not really that far away! Meg

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  6. Beautifully written post Meg.

    Such a great list, I hope 2017 brings all those special things to reality for you.

    xTania

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    1. Thanks, Tania. I hope 2017 is a lovely year for you too, perhaps with less wild weather! Meg:)

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