New Year, New Beginning, New Journey

I found this haiku online many months ago, and put it in my calendar on today`s date as a treat to myself….

Year’s end, all 
corners of this 
floating world, swept.
     – Matsuo Basho

I love the idea of sweeping out the corners of your own individual world to welcome a new year.  To begin a new year with a sparkling new perspective and a gleaming home (whatever home is to you) seems much more productive to me than our traditional resolutions. Resolutions seem to imply that everything about you is less than optimal and needs to change, while a thorough `sweeping` feels like you have removed your barriers and your excuses and the debris of the past and you alone stand ready to face the challenges a new year will undoubtedly throw at you.

For myself, I see this as both a literal and a figurative thing.  I am already in the process of removing all extraneous objects from our home, and the pending move (just a few more weeks!) has just kicked that impulse into high gear.  We will be starting a new year in a new home and I don`t want to drag any meaningless luggage from the past with me.  On a more cerebral level, I will try to stop wasting time thinking about past mistakes (mine and others) and past decisions that no longer apply. We all know you can`t change the past, but it takes real effort and conscious awareness to let it go.  May 2014 be a time of productiveness, and awareness, and a chance to surround yourself with love, simplicity and beauty.

So, Happy New Year to you all.  If you have any traditions or rituals or something brand new to ring in this new year, I would love to hear about it.

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The Best Indian Tuba Christmas Caroling Birthday Night of all time…

Yesterday was Dave’s birthday, so I took him and his son to a small Indian restaurant we like nearby for dinner.

There was just us and one other table of about 8 people dining last night. As we were eating the lovely pistachio ice cream dessert the waitress had brought over for Dave, four tuba players came in playing Christmas carols. You know, as they do.

We and the other table applauded loudly when they were done their first song. Then the owner went over and requested that they play Happy Birthday for Dave. Which they gladly did. And the *other* table stood up and sang along with us. Then, the owner encouraged the tuba players to just keep going. So they played about 3 or 4 more short Christmas songs, even took requests. *Everyone* was singing along, even the staff (the owner started filming it all).  A waiter came around with a tray of mango lassi and vodka shooters for all the customers and the carolers. Then we all posed for some pictures, and the carolers left playing another song.

It felt like we were living a scene from some hip urban Christmas movie, probably starring, say, Jenna Elfman and Matthew Perry.

Remember to appreciate those unplannable moments in life, and just let things unfold. Kudos to the owner, who probably doesn’t even celebrate Christmas, for just letting this magical night happen.  Every customer left last night knowing that that was a special moment in time.  Make sure you recognize those when they happen. tubas

(Apologies for the poor quality smartphone picture – but I wasn’t really prepared for more!)

The Ice Storm Cometh

As of 4:30pm on Thursday Dec 19th, the weather network is calling for an ice storm from tomorrow morning through Saturday, followed by, you guessed it!  an ice storm from Saturday night till Sunday morning.

Now, I have a bit of a quibble with Mother Nature about this.  This was the weekend all my girlfriends from back in the day at University were planning to revive our old tradition of a Girl’s Christmas dinner.  If the Goddesses are listening, if would be just fab if you could just scootch that storm a little to the east or west, ‘kay?

However, that said, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I (not so) secretly love extreme weather.  I find blackouts fun (before you yell at me about how difficult they are on various groups of people, believe me, I know, I am not wishing harm on anyone.  I am just saying my *personal experience* of blackouts tends to be positive.)  and love how people tend to pull together and become so much more friendly and open with each other when faced with a mutual challenge.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could be that supportive and understanding of life’s challenges on a daily basis?