I am excited by the beginning of a new year. It may be because I spent a lot of months during 2012 down in the dumps - whether I was willing to admit it to myself or anyone else - but there you have it. I've let go of a bunch of old baggage over the past couple of months and well, I feel happier than I have in a long time. Truly happy. Less worried about life. More interested in living and trying new things outside the cocoon of my carefully self-regulated comfort zone. Tom & Al brought me some cookies (and a lovely gift) just before Christmas, along with this lovely wall decal quote by Emily Dickinson: Dwell in possibilities. I love it. I've always loved Emily, mildly depressed spinster poet that she was - and I love these words. I hung it right where I can see if from my desk. A timely reminder.
Thanks, guys - I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than I can say.
I'm also excited about my new Jane-a-Day journal. Jane Austen, another favorite kindred spirit (and spinster, I might add), is the inspiration for this five-year journal, which has an quote from one of her works on each page. It was a lovely Christmas gift from my friend, Marie, and I am looking forward to daily inspiration from Jane's timeless witticisms. I only hope my comments are as witty.
Thank you, Marie, for thinking of me.
I am looking forward to a happy 2013 - a year in which I vow to speak less and listen more, read fewer books and finish writing one of my own.
And this year, I choose happiness.