Dec 31 2011

Honor the New Start Each Day Brings

Peggy McPartland

I find it interesting.

All the year end posts.

The best of 2011 articles.

The goals and resolutions for 2012.

Is today somehow unique? Is it any different than yesterday? Or tomorrow?

Why do we wait for a new year to have a new start? Shouldn’t every day be a chance to reflect and start anew?

It feels very much like the rest of the holiday season. We do things en masse without thinking about why we do them.

I mean, seriously, why does everyone eat turkey on Thanksgiving? There are over 300 million people in the U.S. and they all eat the same food on a certain day. How crazy is that?! I don’t even like turkey.

Christmas has become a time of shopping, going into debt and incredible stress. People are unhappy, exhausted and just want it over with. But have we stopped to think about whether this is something we want to be a part of?

The same is true for New Year’s Eve. We’re expected to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next with large quantities of alcohol. Really?! Is that the kind of celebration you want or do you do it because that’s what you’ve always done?

I dread going to the gym in January. It’s packed with people who’ve made resolutions to get healthy. By February, half of them no longer show up. And by March, it’s back to the regular people who have been there day in and day out. It won’t work if you make the commitment once a year. It has to be a daily awareness.

Each day we have the chance to start fresh. We can reflect on our lives, move in new directions, and make new commitments.

If we did this regularly, our lives would feel more meaningful – and we’d definitely be happier.

We’re constantly changing and growing. Wouldn’t it be great to honor that and the new start each day brings rather than waiting for that one day a year? You really don’t have to wait for New Year’s Day to set new intentions.

Start each day with a commitment to make a difference and do something amazing. Listen to your heart and acknowledge your limitless abilities. It’ll change your life.

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Dec 26 2011

Travel Snapshot: High Line, Manhattan

Peggy McPartland

The High Line, New York City

This extraordinary public space is built on an historic rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. This park is an incredible mix of beautiful landscape, thought-provoking public art, and a variety of public programs regardless of the time of year.

 

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Dec 25 2011

Wishes of love and gratitude

Peggy McPartland

Full moon in Hong Kong at Christmas

 

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday filled with love and gratitude. Open your hearts and share the gift of your full presence.