May Your New Year be Blessed with Much Love, Joy & Happiness

Windansea Beach, La Jolla, Calif.
“… Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God … Be cheerful.”

Each year, the days seem to race by faster and faster, all culminating into a wild last few weeks that fly by in one big blur. And, when New Year’s Eve is finally upon us, my head feels like it’s going to explode because we’re SO CLOSE to the end of the crazy, hectic, holiday season.  The holidays should be about slowing down and enjoying long, relaxing days surrounded by the people you love most in the world. Right? … Sadly, often they are not. For many, it’s about obligations and To Do lists. (Guilty.)

So, my resolutions for 2013 are to embrace the idea of slowing down even more (even though I just moved to New York City) and to make the most of every moment, whether I’m darting around the city or lazing around my pad.  And, to cherish the people who fill my life with so much joy and laughter.

Once upon a yoga class, one of my teachers read the “Desirderata.” (See below!) What great sentiments to kick off a new year, especially: “whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God … Be cheerful.”

To all my loved ones – family, friends and those I have yet to meet: I wish you much light, laughter and LOVE in 2013!  May your new year be filled with much spiritual enlightenment, endless joy and love beyond what you have ever known.  Happy New Year!

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Desirderata, “Desired Things”

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

– Max Ehrmann

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