a new chapter

Every new year I reflect on the days gone by and set goals for the days ahead, often referred to as resolutions. This year, no more. I’ve come to realize that by thinking about what is not (ie. what I need to work on or improve) I continue to struggle with keeping up and lose sight of all that already is wonderful in my life. So this year I am starting out not with a long list of what I need to do, but a long list of what I am grateful for, much like what I wrote in my giving thanks post. It certainly helps to step away from the routine of life and look from a distance, as I was able to do during these last few weeks in Florida. This trip meant even more than sacred time with family and friends. It has also allowed me to acknowledge and appreciate all that I have been blessed with in my life.

I believe that each of us is writing the book of our lives. It is mostly up to us what is written upon the pages, and how our unique story unfolds. As I write (and re-read) my own, I am grateful for every chapter and look forward to writing the next.

18 thoughts on “a new chapter

    • Merci and all the best to you in the new year!

      It’s empowering to realize that we are the authors of our lives. Will be eagerly reading your next chapters…

  1. Lovely, Kasia, and oh so true on the gratitude part. I’ve been having a hard time coming off of a very challenging year, and it flows into this new one, too. It’s not been easy. I’m finding that the secret to keeping my chin up and not giving in to despairing and negative thinking is to spend time being grateful for all that I do already have. It really does make a huge difference!

    I’m glad that stepping away to Florida (and what a contrast to Paris life!) has given you a renewed perspective to carry forward into 2013.

    Thanks for sharing here so that we can be reminded we are indeed writing the story of our life and how we respond to the present impacts where we go in the next chapter!

    Happy New Year, Kasia. :)

    • Try to stay focused on all the good in your life (even though now it may not seem so easy) and more will come in the days ahead. The energy of gratitude is powerful and will lead you to a better place. May 2013 be a happier one for you, Karin!

  2. I couldn’t agree more and bravo! Shedding that weight must feel incredible. And speaking of incredible, I was so touched by your postcard – it meant so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • It certainly does feel lighter not living with a ‘to do’ list looming over my head. In turn, I feel much more productive.

      Was happy to share thoughts (and Paris) with you, off line :)

  3. Well said. So much focus is in the wrong direction with resolutions. Moving it to look at what is already good and making us happy brings a positive energy that feeds into more positive energy. Looking at what is around us and the people that are there alongside us, is the fuel for all good things to come.

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