Hot dogs roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nowhere to be seen (despite repeated requests for a visit)…

Last night, before sharing New Year’s wishes with friends, those seated at our table discussed some of the best and most challenging moments of 2013. We also talked over our greatest lessons of the year–and there were many.

Don’t try to do too many things at once. Don’t let yourself get in the way. Don’t sweat the small stuff (or even the big stuff), because none of it is really that important in the long run. Have more fun. Share your joy. (Everyone needs more laughter, it seems.)

One contributor to this discussion (my husband) said that his favourite moment was “this one. And this one. And this one,” which reminded me that each second of our lives presents us with a choice: embrace it fully or let it pass while fretting about something yet to come. Which will it be?

When we started our journey to build a green home and more sustainable lifestyle we knew we weren’t on the toughest path travelled. At times I’m embarrassed and (ahem) somewhat shamed by the wee things that stoked my stress level during this past year of construction. But those moments make the turning of this year’s wheel all the more  gratifying. (We are leaving all that behind now, aren’t we? And there is a whole new year ahead with a whole lot less to manage.)

From where I sit, that is good news, because being completely absorbed in one’s world allows little time and energy to contribute to the world inhabited by others (the real world, correct?)

Welcome 2014: we are so glad that you have come.

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  1. christy says:

    beautiful, powerful words!
    here’s to an amazing year dear friend, I am so excited to share the journey with you!!!

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