The old, the new, and moving forward

WELP. We're approaching January 1st. New York City is all aglow with the remnants of Christmas. We're holding our breath for what's coming in 2017. I keep saying "Happy New Year"—this time around I'm not sure I really mean that. Should I just say, "It's the New Year..." and leave it at that? "Godspeed"?

In a way, I'm grateful for the excuse to reset and move forward with my own personal dreams and goals. On the other hand, the political climate of our nation is toxic and uncertain. We're moving away from election drama and the shocking death of many of our childhood influences, and looking ahead to 2017 where the actualization of the election results lie in wait. That's terrifying, but terror is also no way to live, so I won't stay there.  For the first time, zooming in on the details of daily life feels like more of a respite than zooming out and looking at the big picture—the state of the world and this country. 

Even still, we have to continue to move forward. We can't dwell on the past and complain without action. So move forward we will, whether we like it or not. And in the micro sense, I will always always look for beauty in the small things, in the ordinary. No matter what changes may come in life, I come back to the awe-inspiring beauty of ordinary life. When I just want a day to end, just want to be in bed, or feel too tired to go on, I know that at the end of the day—if NOTHING else, I'll end up in my warm bed, with a man I cherish and a pup I love more than just about anything. I will eat a hot plate of food, and drink a glass of red wine. I will call my sister and make plans to meet with her for brunch during the weekend. I will watch House at the end of the night. Read my book. Sleep a peaceful New York City sleep. 

And now, some shining words from one of my favorite poets to start us off:

"Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" 
— Mary Oliver

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." 
— Mary Oliver

"Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness." 
— Mary Oliver
All my love,
Laura :)