Dear Hearts (yes, this includes you),
I remember the night I sat in a class about the “authentic” journey, making a list of those I admire. I remember the shock, near horror, of being told that I possess the qualities of those I admire. How could I possibly possess their qualities, their potential? But my denial or disbelief doesn’t change what is.
Now it’s a new year, particularly the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and I find myself richly blessed, ready to embrace the present truly as the gift it is. I give thanks for all the past has brought me. I read through my gratitude journal from the past year, and I could feel the radiance of love, warmth, and joy. Looking forward into this year, I know these blessings will continue. I have an optimistic yet realistic view on what this year brings. It includes hard work, but it also brings growth and progress in all aspects of my life. I hope your friendship will endure my work. Though I may not seem as available as I’ve been, know that your presence abides with me.
I realize that you, too, are on the list among those I admire, and you, too, teach me much about who I can be, who I am. Your love, companionship, laughter, warmth, appreciation, humor, gratitude, hope, inspiration, gentleness, faith, doubt, will, strength, perseverance and openness are just a few of the things I count among our treasures. Thank you for teaching me and allowing me to teach you, as the aikido sensei is fond of saying.
It may be a new year, but it is just another day. Each day the sun rises, we have the opportunity to take yet another cleansing breath, let it all go, and begin again. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I look forward to all that is to come, but mostly, I give thanks for all that is. You here, now, is a gift. You have my love and gratitude, now as always.