Happy New Year!
Writing my first newsletter of the year was a daunting task for me this week. I had a difficult time formulating positive words of inspiration or New Year resolutions to suggest. I sat staring at the blank page on my computer, wishing I could share with you some powerful words of wisdom on how to welcome 2023 with open arms, but the struggle was real.
Finally, after reading a few inspirational social media posts, I found the following perfectly worded New Year poem written by author and poet Donna Ashworth :
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.
After reading this poem, I knew I had finally found the right words to share with you. Reading it gave me a new perspective on how to embrace another year of life and all the possibilities and challenges it will offer. I hope it did that for you too!
Cheers to a Healthy, Happy and Imperfect 2023!