Promises to be kinder…

Why do we start a new year, with promises to improve?

Who began this tradition of never-ending pressure?
I say, the end of a year, should be filled with congratulation, for all we survived. 
And I say a new year should start with promises to be kinder to ourselves, to understand better just how much we bear, as humans on this exhausting treadmill of life.
And if we are to promise more, let’s pledge to rest,
before our bodies force us. 
Let’s pledge to stop, and drink in life as it happens.
Let’s pledge to strip away a layer of perfection to reveal the flawed and wondrous humanity we truly are inside.
Why start another year, gifted to us on this earth, with demands on our already over-strained humanity. 
When we could be learning to accept, that we were always supposed to be imperfect.
And that is where the beauty lives, actually.
And if we can only find that beauty, we would also find peace.

I wish you peace in 2023.
Everything else is all just a part of it.
Let it be so.


Quote: ‘Life: Poems to help navigate life’s many twists & turns’
by Donna Ashworth (Amazon)

Art: Demelsa Haughton Illustration

#newyear #2023

thank you, Gail Spach

to be slow

 

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.


Quote: John O’Donohue, from Beannacht, Book of Blessings

from – mindfulbalance 

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