New Year’s is a holiday I love to celebrate – not in the way you might think. Big crowds of people in various stages of inebriation bewilder me. Watching LIVE the big Waterford crystal ball drop in New York City didn’t make it on my bucket list even when Dick Clark hosted. The thought of twisting tongues with any of a million of my favorite strangers makes me queasy.
Fireworks in the middle of the night awaken babies and scares dogs. Do PETA and the ASPCA protest? I think not. Lest you consider me “bah, Humbugging” New Year’s Eve, you should know that I celebrate with gusto…and often with gumbo.
Yes, I am a foodie and have Hoppin’ John (Southern dish made with black-eyed peas) in the slow cooker right now to have later with cornbread and collard greens, cabbage and pound cake. With sweet iced tea, of course.
Other New Year’s Day favorites include the Rose Bowl Parade and elastic waistbands, ongoing football games and putting away the lingering remnants of Christmas decorations, recovering a baby doll’s sock or small pieces here and there from a new game or set of Legos opened with glee just a week ago.
A holiday adrenalin rush overtakes me with possibilities and expectation. On January 1, we hold the year in our laps, a book with blank pages to fill with dreams and goals and prayers and pain, of birth, and death, and fear and triumph. A blank canvas to paint the colors of our lives, 2013 offers hope and another chance to grow…intellectually, spiritually, physically. Like each New Year, this one promises many first steps and last hurrahs. Invite the next twelve months to your table, develop abundant relationships and deeper gratitude. Feast on the possible and go back for second helpings.
Find community and help others find the same. Let go of guilt-filled baggage, damaged thinking, and that one bad habit Velcro-ed to you. Fill the New Year with helium balloons of your best that will carry you aloft. See through the dusty clouds of doubt, and soar.
God bless us, every one.
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