New Year's Eve. Tomorrow will be my second Blogversary. I can hardly believe it is two years since I took my first tentative steps in blogland. In that time I've made connections with some wonderful people and found real friends.
Like many other people, the coming year is going to be a challenging one for me, it will probably mean changes in my life, and quite a bit of 'Carpe Diem', I expect!
This Christmas, as usual, I watched one of my favourite films, Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life'. At the end of the film there is a quote which always makes me cry, and which seems appropriate for this post. George Bailey (James Stewart) reads out the inscription written in the copy of 'Tom Sawyer', given to him by Clarence, his guardian Angel -
'Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love Clarence.'
Last Christmas I was sent this list. I liked it so much I posted it and had some very positive feedback. So, I make no apologies for reiterating these wise words, as they helped me a lot during the past year.
1: When in doubt - just take the next small step.
2: Life is too short to waste hating anyone.
3: Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
4: Make peace with your past so it won't screw-up the present.
5: Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
6: Children get only one childhood.
7: Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
8: Be eccentric now - Don't wait for old age to wear purple! (Yay!)
9: No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
10: Frame every so-called disaster with these words. 'In five years, will this matter?'
11: Forgive everyone everything.
12: The best is yet to come.
I wish you all peace, joy and contentment in 2011. May it be a magical and creative year for you. x