Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year blessings and new beginnings

Peace be with you.

May 2008 bring you more calm than chaos. More laughter than lassitude. And more love. Lots more love.

I'm feeling quite positive about 2008. I usually feel quite sad and reflective at New Year's but this year feels different. I feel a buzz. A change is coming.

During 2007, my 'one word' was peace. After considerable dithering, my word for 2008 is 'believe'. It's a compelling word for me right now, so I think it will be a good fit. Other contenders were 'challenge', 'dare' and 'leap'.

I'm not sure that I'm quite ready to abandon 'peace' yet though. Perhaps I can just collect words each year, progressively adding one at a time, without ever actually letting any go. Sounds like a good plan.

We talked about our 'one word' over dinner tonight. Ruby quickly settled on 'learn' - which is a good choice given she starts school in 29 short days time. fingers in ears la-la-la. Mark is not decided yet but his one word may be either 'contemplate' or 'productive'. Or possibly both. Max suggested that his could be 'not being naughty'. Ha! Like that would ever happen. So we talked about positive framing yada yada and he's thinking about 'good' or 'try' or maybe even 'toilet'. I should admit that Max was heavily influenced by the rest of us.

I discovered this site earlier today and fell in love with it. I always want to take more photos but am too lazy to lug the camera around with me. But this site has inspired me. I love the photo a day idea. I'll give it a try. Maybe I should just keep the small cam in my bag.

I took a couple of photos today.

a Bangladeshi toran I bought in Eumundi :)

my kitchen word. :) it used to be H-O-M-E, but I've revamped for a new year.

Enjoy 2008. Know that - "there are years that ask questions and years that answer. " - Zora Neale Hurston. Which will it be for you?

peace and love


random thoughts said...

Oh Kath, your entry bought a tear to my eye... sniff sniff.

I like the idea of collecting to words to make a picture of who you are. My word for 08 is 'take control'.

Peace and the power of belief to you.


Anita said...

I love your idea of having a particular word. And I also agree with that quote and firmly believe that 2008 is a year that will answer questions. (I asked WAY too many questions last year so I'm due for some answers!)
peace to you dear Kath

Kath, Mark, Ruby and Max. said...

b - I'd like to hear more about 'take control' - hope you're ok xxxx

anita - I want answers this year too dammit! xxxx

Jo said...

Hi Kath,
I just got your texts as Matt re-charged my mobile from me when he got back to NZ (money wise) and also showed me how to power charge it from my laptop. Who knew?!
I'll answer here cos I'm a better typer than texter.

Immediately springing to mind is 'Cope' .. my word for 2008! Cope with the new baby, cope with the changes and major decisions which we're going to be making this year about where we're going to set up home basically, some big decisions to be made and we need to get them right. Doesn't sound so positive but my emphasis on the word cope is that I *will* cope! It's said with gusto and determination!

Love to you and will be in better touch when we're back in NZ next week,