|photo from a Jim Palmer Facebook status : -)
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day."
― Henry David Thoreau
I have a bit of a fever.
Physically and metaphorically speaking.
I am ready.
I am so flipping ready.
It's taking everything in me today to leave the Christmas decorations up.
But I'm that way every year, now aren't? This year, even more so. I'm so done with 2013. If you've been around the blog at all this year, you know what an off year it's been for me. I can't thank you enough for sticking around. A bit like a train wreck, eh? Can't look away, can you?
Christmas Eve ended with my head in the toilet.
After the wretching stopped, I had to laugh and think to myself - 'Really 2013?? THIS is how you are going to end?"
It seemed fitting.
In watching today's sunrise there seemed to be a glimmer of light.
2014 is going to be different.
2014 will be the year that I come to appreciate all the lessons that 2013 offered.
I don't know why I pin such importance on the beginning of a new year. Every day is fresh with no mistakes in it, as our dear Anne Shirley says - but a new year? That's like a fresh start on steroids.
2014 will be the year that my quiver is full of crazy plans like selling everything and moving into a tiny house somewhere a wee bit warmer and closer to the Appalachian Trail.
But for now - it's tea and gluten free toast to calm my stomach, and intentional thoughts to calm my mind so that I enjoy the last few days of 2013.
It's living right now and taking the time to pause and see the long shadows in the house cast by winter's sun. It's about appreciating the ordinary. It's about plotting how to house more chickens....oh, no..wait...that's for 2014.
What about you?
What intentions and hopes do you have for 2014?