We’ve become so used to superlatives. At the best they’re empty & meaningless & at worst they set a ridiculously high bar.
So with that in mind, I don’t wish you the most amazing year yet.
I don’t wish that 2017 is better than all others for you.
I don’t wish you an awesome new year nor an incredible 2017.
Instead I do wish for you peace of mind, most of the time. I hope that you greet the days to come with a certainty that you (& your thighs, lips & hips) are loved without question. And when that certainty deserts you, which it may from time to time, I wish that you have someone to hold & reassure you.
I wish for you a space & place to do what has meaning to you & brings meaning to others.
I wish that 2017 brings you opportunities to learn – about the things that make you grin & the things that make you groan. I wish that, for you, 2017 is a year for learning about beauty, delight & mystery. And I wish it’s a year for learning how to counter the hardness, the awkwardness & ugliness that can sometimes blot out the beauty & goodness.
I wish you adventures- adrenaline pumping, mind expanding, horizon growing, ah ha provoking, curiousity seeking, adventure sating experiences.
I wish that when tough times visit you, that you have a safe harbour, to regain your bearings, to rest & repair your sails.
And I wish that when tough times visit others around you, that you have the strength not to recoil, but the courage to walk with tenderness towards those who are suffering & to simply be with them & be a witness.
I wish for your physical health – to able to rise & greet the day with all or most of your bits working, your cells dividing & repairing & your heart pumping.
I wish for your mental health – that the voice in your head is a trusted ally & if when/ it’s not, that you seek support for there’s absolutely no shame in that, in fact it’s the one of the bravest things you can do.
I wish for your heart & your hands to make art – no matter the form – whether a painting, baking a beautiful cookie, writing a poem, or making people laugh.
I wish you enough –
- enough money to meet your basic needs & then some
- enough time to create meaningful adventures balanced with pockets of peaceful reflection
- enough ability to do the things you’d like
- enough patience to simply be you
I wish for you friends & family (whether or not they’re biologically related) to build you up, to love you up. And I wish you courage – including the courage to let people go from your life if they don’t build you up & are intent on tearing you down.
I wish you a steady diet – of giggles, chuckles & belly laughs.
I wish that you receive the power of human touch- a hand to hold, someone to rub your back, a face to caress, or a cheek to kiss.
I wish that 2017 is a year that you dance with diversity- that you spend time both with those much older & much younger than you, time with those who carry a different passport than you & those who hold different political views.
I wish you hope- that when times are dark & despair is near, even if only in a small corner of your heart- that the flicker of hope & belief that tomorrow will come sustains you.
Most of all I wish for you that you share your bright light, your unique gifts & your contributions to this big, messy, chaotic complex beautiful world.
What do you wish for yourself? Let me know in the comment section below. In the meantime, while you read this, I’ll be on a camel trekking safari in Tanzania. More about that in an upcoming post.