A New Year! A Fresh Start!

Happy New Years

A New Year!  A fresh start!

That is what New Years has come to mean.  Whether or not you believe in creating resolutions as you begin a new year, there is a fundamental understanding that we are entering a new time frame. Birthdays have a similar effect at the individual level.  But New Years belongs to the entire world.

As we step over the threshold into 2013, let us remember we can make a difference.  The destiny of our communities, local and global, is in our collective hand.  This is our time and our generation. We have the strength, knowledge and experience to create life-affirming opportunities for all creatures living on this earth.   May we have the courage and resilience to move forward, to be an influence for good…together.

Happy New Year to all my dear friends – you made 2012 a year to remember!

 

228 thoughts on “A New Year! A Fresh Start!

    • And what a jewel that is!! When I think of gratitude, I think of the friends and family that have supported me through difficult times. We need each other and I am grateful for our amazing blogger community. I am reminded of a quote by Albert Schweitzer: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Your visits and comments are very much appreciated!

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    • A heartfelt thank you for your warm wishes. I especially liked your post with the insightful heading – “Not a goodbye, my dear 2012, but a thank you.” How well said! I share your thankfulness for the gift of time. Last year we all encountered transitions and decisions, moments of laughter and joy, times the required courage and determination. Now, we have moved forward into a new year that offers new possibilities. Happy New Year to you and yours…glad that we connected!!!

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    • I agree – a kind word is solace to a bruised spirit. It seems that you and the Dalai Lama has similar thoughts: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

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    • Thank you so very much for your visit and heartwarming comments. “Light in the world and with all the children Smiles” – a profound thought and my prayer for the new year. May we seek peace with an open heart so that all children will know the joy of a smile. I look forward to our ongoing dialogue!!! Happy New Year to you and yours…

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    • We just came home (it’s about 2 in the wee hours of the morning) from a block party. And I was thinking of you when the bagpipes played Robbie Burns “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight! Happy New Year!!!

      Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
      And never brought to mind?
      Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
      And auld lang syne!

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  1. Namaste…thank you for all your support this year…it is greatly appeciated! I look forward to continued enjoyment of your blog this year 🙂

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  2. Very beautiful new year celebration card with all the nice wishes for the new year. Thanks so much, Clanmother. I would add “love”,”peace” and “sharing”. I wish you and yours a very happy 2013. I look forward to learning from you in the new year.

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    • What an adventure you are on!! Every time I stop by there is something exciting happening. Your writing ability draws strength from your honesty and courage. You are not afraid to discuss difficult and complex subjects with humor and compassion.

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  3. Loving the idea of a fresh and optimistic start to the new year! Really, isn’t that how every day should start? Best wishes for the year ahead. Looking forward to more of your thoughtful (and thought-inspiring) insights!

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    • Everyday is a fresh beginning with new possibilities. Over the years I have found optimism is more fun than pessimism. Embracing pessimism is like eating poison and hoping that everyone gets sick! I am celebrating that we connected and that optimism is on the menu for 2013. It is a meal that gives us the most nourishment.

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  4. My dear Friend and follower,
    I saw that you visited my blog yesterday. I’d like to ask you an important favor. If you didn’t have time, could you read my newest post and pass it along to everyone you can. Reblog it on your page, if you’re inclined to.
    This is important for every woman in your life, including us, but mostly for the women in India. I would like this post to reach as many people as possible, so we can put pressure on the Indian government, by taking a small step, that could produce huge results. You will see my idea at the end of the post. If there’s anything you’d like to add, your wisdom is always welcome.
    I wish you a wonderful new year of blessings and love.

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    • Thank you and all the very best of 2013 to you and yours. I marvel at your photography. You seem to be one with nature and accepted by the birds and animals that share our good earth. Thank you so much for sharing your insights along with the vision of our world through your lens.

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    • One of my dreams came true already! Sunshine in Vancouver Canada on January 1st. The rain stopped for a few hours and the sun stopped by to remind me that light is always with us – even when there are clouds!!! Happy New Year, my friend. Let us continue ….

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  5. Thank you for your amazing way with words, you always translate me to a place of rest when I read your posts, and I wish you a great year filled with joy, inspiration and peace. Thank you for your constant support and for liking my posts, I truly appreciate you! Much love to you and the family!

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    • I look forward to our shared journey. We will make a difference this year! I love the Margaret Meade quote: never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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    • My dear friend, I am so very glad that we connected.I was just on your blog today and appreciated your thoughts on time management! I have a feeling this is going to be a year of exponential learning!! Happy New Year – 2013 is going to be amazing.

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  6. Thank you so much for this beautiful New Year’s post and for reminding us all that we have the power to make our world a better place in 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours! May this year bring you abundant laughter, love and friendship.

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    • Thank you for your kind and supportive comments! You are living the promise of being a positive influence for good. Happy New Year – all the very best for 2013. I have sturdy walking shoes for the journey ahead. But I have found that they seem to want to dance…

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  7. Happy New Year Rebecca!!! You have been such a blessing to me this past year – and have definitely helped to make it a year to remember!

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  8. Dear Clanmother,
    thanks for remembering all of us that we are the architects of our world. Dante was one of the first poets who stressed this idea (if I remember it right).
    All the best to you and with the 13 in this number it will be a year of the women (13 as being the a female number because of the 13 full moons per annum).
    All the best to you and your clan
    Klausbernd and his Bookfayries

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    • Architects! I love that analogy and I like the way you positioned #13! I have always been fascinated with that particular number. Indeed, this year will give many gifts!!!

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      • Dear Clan Mother,
        I don`t know if you are able to read German. There are quite some books full of knowledge about the so called “sacred mathematic” in German. Siri is just shouting from my library: “I just found an English book about numbers by Robert Lawlor ‘Sacred Geometry’. You have to write that to our dear Clan Mother!”
        Have a great day
        Klausbernd

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      • I found the title at the Vancouver Public Library, but it was unavailable (somebody lost the book?) There are several other titles that I found and ordered, but I am going to continue to look for Robert Lawlor’s book on Amazon. Thank you so much for the recommendation. You just made my day brighter!!!

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    • Thank you so much! I am honoured to receive your nomination. I am even more grateful that we connected over the blogger miles and sharing an amazing journey. I am celebrating!

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  9. Rebecca It’s Christie from Terra Breads! Thought I would pop by to say hello and wish you a very Happy New Year! I miss seeing you almost everyday and hope you are doing well!

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    • I am absolutely delighted the you stopped by for a visit! I have tried to find you on Facebook but alas was unable to locate you! Thank you so much for making contact – 2013 is going to be amazing. So glad that we connected!!!

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  10. The new year is one of the best times. It gives the sense of a “reset” button. In terms of new years resolutions, I suggest writing them down on paper, because that way you’re more likely to honor them.

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    • Hi Wesley!!! Happy New Year – all the very best to you and yours in 2013. Thank you so much for your visit and comments. I especially like the “reset” analogy. It reminds me of the “do over” from the first City Slickers. I am looking forward to our ongoing dialogue in the year ahead…

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    • You really are amazing!!! Thank you for your thoughtful poem – a treasure and a gift, that will continue to give me a lift. Happy new Year – let’s see what 2013 will bring.

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  11. New Years Belong To The WORLD. I LOVE this it is like a birthday. For some reason I pay more attention to Resolutions and checking my life’s progress round New Years… Maybe this is why. This world recognition…

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  12. Ich wünsche Ihnen, Rebecca von Herzen Gesundheit und Gottes Segen im Neuen Jahr. Wir dürfen nicht nur viele Wünsche anbringen – wir müssen auch für die Wünsche arbeiten und Dinge zum guten Ende bringen. Ich habe ihr About gelesen und Ihre Gedanken haben mir sehr gefallen.
    S. Kickegaard hat gesagt: Man kann das Leben nur rückwärts verstehen – man muss es aber vorwärts leben!
    Liebe Rebecca, in diesem Sinne wünsche ich einen guten Start…
    Ernst

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    • Ich bin so sehr froh, dass wir im Laufe der Blogger Meilen verbunden. Ich stimme zu – wir müssen für Wohl aller zu arbeiten, einen positiven Einfluss in einem gefährlich geteilten Welt sein. Ich folge Ihrem Blog genießen. Mit jedem Beitrag und kommentieren Sie inspirieren und fordern Sie Ihre Leser auf das Leben im wahrsten Sinne zu umarmen. Danke.

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  13. Such a wonderfull New year wish, Each n every word of your’s makes me believe that you are such a wonderful person. You have been a great inspiration in 2012.I am so glad to have come across your blog.. I wish you a very happy new year .Cheers!!

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    • I am celebrating that we connected in 2012! Happy New Year – we are going to have many adventures together this coming year! Your visits and comments are so very, very welcome.

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  14. I hope the start of the new year has come off with a burst of energy. I just received a 2012 report for my blog. Your comments are at the top of the list, so I THank you for helping to push me on, encourage and inspire me. You are very special and touch a lot of people.
    This blog only began about 4 months ago, so I am looking forward to a fabulous 2013 with greater love, energy, health, spirit, friends and writing. I wish you the same.
    Come visit. My last 2 blogs have been on a more disturbing subject. What do you do with the anger ? The injustice ? I would be curious for your response to this. You always have pearls of wisdom. If you have time-http://aboomersvoice.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/forgiveness-or-revenge/
    Again, Thank you and God Bless.

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  15. A good start to a promising new nice content and socializing look forward to every new post and wish you all the best may dear friend and I’m sorry I just commented on 149

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  16. A belated but very happy new year to you and I wish all your hopes for a more compassionate 2013 come true! I didn’t know you were fluent auf Deutsch, I’ll write a comment in English and have my son translate for me. You are a woman of many talents.

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    • My dear friend – thank you so much for best wishes for 2013. I am looking forward to our many adventures. As to my language skills, I have found that Google Chrome has a translator so I am able to respond to comments and follow blogs in different languages. The miracle of technology!!!

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  17. Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

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    • Thank you so much!!! Your comments and visit made my day beautiful. At the beginning of January, I was checking out some other backgrounds but went back to the original. I’m so glad that I had your confirmation to keep the background as is!

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  18. Sorry for not replying to your comments on my blog, my life has been pretty hectic lately. Thank you for creating conversation, for supporting the blogging community and for reading and so often leaving a generous and kind comment on my blog. I’ m very happy to be connected with you.
    All the best for you Rebecca
    Hugs Anto

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    • You have indeed been busy! I have been following your adventures via Facebook! Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments. We have many more roads to travel in the coming year. We are only on Day 20 and there is more to come….

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  19. Rebecca, this is my indirect way of contacting you… I’ve tried everything else, but am getting nowhere. I’ve been unable to get your last two posts – they come in on the e-mail, but then when I want to get into your website, I get that maddening message oops it can’t be found… I shall persevere, and I simply LOVED your Cyrano de Bergerac quote, which I’m sending to my grand chiidren,

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! I am honoured and delighted. I am even more excited that we have connected over the blogger miles – I am enjoying our dialogue!!!

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    • And I am enjoying following your extraordinary blog! You are creative and talented!!! Thank you for your nomination – your recognition means a great deal to me. Your comments and presence are always appreciated!!!!

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    • I am so very glad that we connected!!! I am enjoying following your blog and looking forward to our ongoing dialogue. I am honoured and delighted by your nomination. You have made my day beautiful….

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      • Yep – you deserve them all!!! Congratulations from my dancing soul! I’m glad to be connected with you. It is such a beautiful experience. And thank you also for your kind comment above. I look forward to re-connnect soon. Blessings, Katharina

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  22. So happy to find your inspiring post this morning! My first two resolutions for this year are daily committments: to find something to make me smile; and to find a way to make someone else smile. I got through a whole month already without breaking either. Yay! And now that I am following your blog, I can visit any day I need help to complete the first.. 🙂

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