Happy New Year!

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.

Thank you for visiting. Your comments, thoughts, rebuttals, and suggestions are welcome.

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19 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Wonderful Bonnie! How lovely to begin the year with this and to share it with us is wonderful. Kind thanks for all you do and all you are. Yes, a book with blank pages to fill with dreams and goals, prayers and pain. Lovely. I look forward to more! Always, Terry

  2. stevesned says:

    I particularly liked the elastic waistband idea!! LOL, Bonnie, I can’t wait to read more. Congratulations on beginning your blog. It can be addictive.

    • Steve, I particularly like the elastic waistband this time of year, too. ; ) Thanks for commenting; you can teach me a lot and have already. Your expertise and facility with wit and words put most bloggers in the Dark Ages.

  3. steve says:

    Ha ha @ WordPress.

  4. Judy Gerdis says:

    Marked you as a favorite so you are on your way as a professional blogger, Bonnie!

  5. Linda Kegley says:

    Dear Bonnie, I am inspired by your musings, and look forward to future “blogs!” You seem to express so eloquently what’s in my heart! Happy 2013. LK

  6. Welcome encouragement, Linda. Thank you.

  7. Becky maddox says:

    You have always been a gifted writer; I am anxious to read more.

  8. Carol Wright says:

    Bonnie, you have a unique connection between your heart and brain…thank you for generously sharing such thought provoking words. I look forward to future blogs!

  9. Loretta Showalter says:

    Always insightful, knowledgeable, and kind. Hoping all of our blank pages get filled with love, happiness and the grace of God. Looking forward to more postings.

  10. Aimee says:

    Bonnie, I loved your first blog and can’t wait to read more. Very inspiring, just like you. Beautifully written. Love all the food imagery. A gift to us all. Love you.

  11. Nancy Aguiar says:

    Oh Bonnie, I need these daily! You should have started blogging a decade ago! What a WONDERFUL idea and contribution to my day today! LOVE LOVE LOVE who you are, what you write, and how you write it! How you bless our world in so many areas! Awaiting your next entry! Love you, my dear friend!

  12. Nancy! Thank you for reading the blog and for your enthusiasm.

  13. Judy says:

    I like your New Year’s recommendations! Great words of wisdom.

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