Welcome to 2017, where ever in the world you are. Despite a grey overcast day here in Melbourne, I feel a sense of hope and optimism as the new year begins.
I’ve just returned from a post Christmas mini-break, camping by the beach. Three days of relaxing, of long sandy walks, swimming in warm waters and exploring rocky coves. Simple pleasures.
Three days of summer sunshine tinged with storms. At night mother nature blessed us with spectacular sunsets and on our first morning we woke to a sunrise so vivid it felt like it was sent from heaven.
The view often changed depending on the color of the sky above and the sea below.
But things went so well and I came home energised and with a heart full of gratitude.
This was a last minute trip I organised, literally the day before we left.
Was it luck, or destiny, to find a holiday park that had, just one prime site vacant, with uninterrupted views of the bay and the mountains of nearby Wilsons Prom National Park.
Was it coincidence that our neighboring campers, Lynne and Mark, were not only travelling up the north of Australia at roughly the same time as us this year, but have relatives living in our suburb. A suburb they’ll be living in for a month this year.
They were a lovely couple we instantly connected with.
So many coincidences, or were they?
Perhaps this three day break of ours was just “meant to be”.
The stars feel aligned. A little bit like this panoramic photo below that Doug took. Hubs is often trying to be funny and creative and wanting to put me in two places at one time!
As we begin a new year it reminds me that, although everything is not perfect, some moments are pretty close. And we need to embrace them with an open heart.
Just as the tides change, our past recedes and the ebb and flow of life continues, with its highs and its lows, joys and disappointments, There’s not one without the other.
As my dear blogger friend Wendy so eloquently wrote in a comment to me recently … “there is a sense of freedom as you watch the sea, as the tide flows .. the tide rolling in and out regardless of what happens on land.”
That’s how I feel now, a sense that things are changing and I’m not just going with it, I’m ready for it.
On our last morning I stood at the edge of the water and the sky was a mix of hues. I watched a fisherman head out to sea. I listened to the galahs chorus and morning greeting. I smelled the sea air and breathed in the freshness of the new day.
I watched the tide gently rolling in and I gave thanks for the new day. For the gift of the moment.
That’s how I want to head into 2017, with a sense of freedom and appreciation of all that is and all there is to come, knowing that even though things may sometimes feel out of our control we can always control how we react. There is always hope.
I wish everyone love, peace and a resilient heart as we begin a new year.
May we all rise to the challenges that come our way this year, embrace the changes that we meet and appreciate every moment of every day, accepting that everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t understand those reasons..
Thank you for reading, for being here and for traveling with me on my journey this past year. Here’s to a brilliant year ahead for all of us.
May we all ride those tides of change with grace and hope in 2017.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.