For the first time in a long time I've got a couple things to put on a new year's to-do list.
Let me pause though, and ask whether you're a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kind of person.
Here's my glass.
Looks pretty empty doesn't it? Truth be told it's already pretty full. First of all, it's filled with love. It was inspired by Kathryn and given to me by Buffy.
Second, it's filled with hope. The idea is to fill it with slips of paper written upon with good things that happened each day. You can't tell from the photo, but it's a big jar. A lot of love. A lot of hope.
It's also got a good base of m&ms.
m&ms make me happy. I love their colors, their smooth texture, their clinking sound. I also happen to not like to eat m&ms.
Just imagine how beautiful this jar will look as the days and weeks go on in the year ahead. Slips of happiness nestled among colors of happiness.
The other activity I'm embracing for the new year: starting each of my days with Namaste. According to on-line sources, ;iterally it means "I bow to you." Gandhi broadened it to "I honor the place within where the Universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us." I've often said it to canines and felines, and I've recently begun saying it to humans. Now I'm going to say it to myself each day. It's a powerful reminder to me of suffering which happens in the world, and of the great love and respect I wish to give all people, even myself.
Happy new year.