Sunday, December 31, 2006

Ice at the Edge of the Year

We will spend this liminal time at the cusp of the calendar year as we always do - wrapped up warmly (and weighted down) in our heaviest winter clothing, wandering around among the trees and rocks of the Two Hundred Acre Wood and the Lanark Highlands and drinking in the wildness of the place.

Old friends of obdurate temperament and hardy constitution will join us, and we will all potter around together for a few hours. Tea and fruitcake (my grandmother's recipe) will be served out in the open. We will watch the steam wafting heavenward from our rapidly cooling mugs and the clouds moving across the sky - we will listen to the wind in the trees and exchange good wishes, then return to our homes late in the day to thaw out and light a fragrant fire on the hearth.

Not very exciting is it? I crave this quiet time at the edge of the calendar year: good time for a little chat with myself about defining priorities and setting goals for 2007, for reaffirming my commitment to Mother Earth and Her children, the path I have chosen to tread in this lifetime and my desire to walk lightly on this hallowed earth. I like to think of us as seekers going forth in a vast singing throng, and the words of the Buddha are good ones for this day and the coming year, wonderful words for now, for always and forever.

"The seeker who sets out on the way shines bright over the world"

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Emaho!!!


Suzie Ridler said...

Again, what a beautiful post and the images are also lovely. You inspire me to want to write again. Really write.

I personally like the sound of your new year, it's more in tune with the cycles of the year. This is the time for contemplation, not noise makers and drunken screams at midnight. I hope you have a wonderful peaceful celebration tonight in Ontario, my home province. :)

Anonymous said...

A Happy New and Peaceful Year to you and yours!


Val said...

Reading your words, and those of the Buddha, I have got the tingles all over.

Peaceful/Paisible said...

Thank you for all the beatiful words and pictures you share with us all the year round...I do wish 2007 will bring you peace and love.
Bloavez mad

Tabor said...

Some good advice on a way to start the new year. Happy New Year to you as well.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!!! Nice posts in here...I totally agree that new year is the best time and always the time of the year for setting goals and priorities and contemplating the past year and the year ahead.