Welcoming the New Year
And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.
~ Rainer Rilke ~
As 2015 draw to a close, I find myself – like all of us – reflecting on the year that was, and looking forward to the year that will be.
For me, 2015 was a year marked by intense highs and lows, but all rife with learning and lessons, adventure and challenge. Below is a photo-timeline of the year, celebrating the moments of joy and pain: from vacation in the tropics to archaeology in the Himalaya, the loss of loved ones to the loss of much of a country I love and admire, to the caring, compassion, and generosity of so many to help.
As I look forward to 2016, personally I resolve to do more with the blessings I have:
- I resolve to give more – of my money, time, energy, and passions – to the causes and peoples and places that inspire me.
- I resolve to get angry less – at the people and politicians who seek to divide rather than unite, who aim to be fear mongers rather than peace advocates – and adhere to my belief that we are all one, rising and falling together on this ship we call Earth.
- I resolve to laugh more, to climb more, to repair my damaged back and adventure more.
- And, most importantly, I resolve to spend more quality time with my wife and children, laughing, loving, and learning as we go through life.
Ultimately, I resolve to follow this quote by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
What are your resolutions for the coming year?