Wishing You a Rewarding New Year

While you can't fully anticipate what will happen in 2012, you can create the attitude that will permit you to cope with whatever comes your way.

Although you didn't hear from me, I hope you have all had a wonderful festive season as the old year slid away, to be replaced by a shiny new one.

Happy New Year to you all, my readers!I was bombarded with blog posts, e-cards and emails from businesses wishing me happy holidays and even suggesting ways to enjoy them.

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In the spirit of confession, while I appreciated the sentiments in these messages and had a few twinges of guilt that I hadn't blogged for over two weeks and hadn't crafted my clever or beautiful ode to the season, I wallowed in the sheer enjoyment of doing nothing, knowing that I'd pick right up when the time called for it. I knew it wouldn't make any real difference to the world out there if I didn't write, but that being available to my family and myself make a difference to us.

I hope 2012 is the year you would like it to be — while you can't fully anticipate the content of the year, you can create the attitude that will permit you to cope with whatever comes your way.

You can:

  • create joy
  • be grateful
  • take things in your stride
  • pause
  • choose
  • reflect
  • seek to understand
  • have fun
  • cherish relationships that matter
  • goof off
  • make new friends
  • dance
  • celebrate life's occasions

I wish you a hugely rewarding and well-lived 2012!