New Year’s Eve is a milestone for me in blogging, as blogging began for me at the start of a new year with a promise to see more, read more and share more. At the close of each year for the past three years I can assess whether I’ve kept my blogging promise….or not.
I find myself imperfect at the end of every year and maybe you do too. And so the close of the year is a time to overcome our failures and shortfalls, and to begin anew to nourish our hopes and desires. Do you ever desire to quit being so hard on yourself? Not to quit striving to reach your goals, but to stop putting the spurs to your charge forward? I want to nourish more and overcome the setbacks, problems and disappointments of the past year.
See more – go more places. Get to New Mexico this year, and yes, try Georgia and South Carolina one more time.
Read more – especially poetry. I loved my romp through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, (and nearly passed out when I got to see Vermeer’s The Girl With The Pearl Earring at the Frick last week AND THE GOLDFINCH itself!) which combined a mystery with a rich portrayal of characters from the art and antique world and a little of the underworld. But read more poetry as poetry can stir the soul.
Share more – share more time with the ones you love. Share your earthly possessions, one day you will be gone and why not share them before you go. Share your knowledge, if you have something wonderful that others can learn from.
Give more to your friends, friendship keeps your heart alive, and to lose a friend takes a part away.
Happy New Year to my readers and fellow bloggers! Find nourishment and give nourishment in the New Year!
All good advice. Be well and Happy New Year!
Wishing you a great 2014, filled with dreams come true and overcoming obstacles.
MARY OLIVER is my all-time favorite poet, dearest Jayne! YES! I am with you in making poetry a part of our life! Traveling, for sure. Nourishing our minds and souls is as important as feeding our bodies, and poetry is one way to connect us with ourselves and others. I have never however, seen this collection of DOG POEMS!
Thank you dear Jayne for coming to visit me; may this year truly be a year of growth for us all. Your kind words are a fuel for my fire to simply write and improve how I write, so that my art can leave a trail of beauty.
BE WELL! Love, Anita
Dog Poems was a Christmas gift! I am so crazy for dogs, and so I am relishing these poems – connecting with Mary Oliver’s vision through her animals. Happy New Year, Anita!
I was glad to read that you Like The Goldfinch. I’m on a very long waiting list at the library for that book.
Happy New Year.
I had to keep it out an extra day to finish, and I am sure the person on our library list was chomping at the bit to get it! Worth the wait!
I love poetry and Mary Oliver is one of my favorites.
My mother arrived with a box of dishes years ago. She told me that she wanted to share her hand painted dishes with me while she was still alive and able to enjoy seeing me use them. I treasure them today and always think back on that memory of she and my dad, standing at my doorway with surprise.boxes in their hands. Loved this post….Happy New Year
That is a lovely memory! Thank you for sharing it!
This is a stirring post – full of good thoughts and good advice. I wish that I could have seen the Santa Train exhibit with you – maybe next year? Let’s get together MORE in 2014. I love you and not because you are my big sister – because you are amazing.
Sharing is what it is all about, no matter what it is. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2014!
Congrats on 3 years of blogging and sharing. What a great treat to find your blog. I also love to travel but rarely have time these days. And I also love poetry. Even writing a bit. I have plans to get back to NM this year as well. One of my favorite places. I look forward this New Year to reading more of your blog Jayne!! Happy New Year!