As I type away, chestnuts roast in the kitchen (not on an open fire, but still). This holiday season I’m filled with an unusual sense of cheer, along with some extra gratitude. The past year was a turning point for me, confirming change occurs quickly when fueled by a strong intention. Twelve months ago I wrote my resolutions for 2011, most conveying a wish to express myself more fully and visibly.
In January, I began writing this blog, peeking out from behind my hands and the creative closet I locked myself in long ago. While I flinch at the new gray hairs I’m sprouting, I’m happy to report my balls are also growing with age.
Life is surely short (and as sweet as we make it). One day I’m sitting around a family tree, unwrapping plentiful presents, while Mawmie’s meatballs simmer on the stove…
And the next day I’m on a bus called the Mars Hotel, with a teary-eyed mother who sings Songs of Freedom with Bob Marley, while a man named Lightning puffs away at a pipe as we abandon “normality” to make breakfast in the buff and eat carob on a commune….
Life’s path is unpredictable. Who knows what the next chapter will bring? Wherever the journey takes me, I hope to flow freely with the current, and enjoy the ride.
So on this Re-New year, I continue to pray for peace on earth, and keep the battle cries of Choid in check; I wish for more adventure; an open and willing heart; good health (physically, emotionally and otherwise); patience with imperfection; trust in uncertainty; acceptance of what is…and all this with even bigger balls.
Sharing stories with you has not only been deeply liberating, but one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. I extend a heartfelt thank you for tuning in, showing up, and sharing back!
May you and your families experience the special spirit of Christmas, and enjoy a blessed year ahead, filled with beautiful surprises.
Here’s to 2012 – a toast to my dear ol’ (and new) friends!
More tales to come……
With every part and all my heart,
Ah heck, deck the halls, it’s Christmas and time for a drink!
What better way to celebrate (or deal with your in-laws) than with a lively libation? The holidays are made especially cheery by the sounds of clinking cocktail glasses.
Usually, I drink wine, but ever since a very dear friend introduced my mother and me to this beautiful beverage last time we visited San Francisco, we’ve both been hooked!
It’s fresh, exotic and easy. My kinda’ guy…I mean, cocktail.
Ingredients (one cocktail):
1 ½ part elderflower liqueur – (St. Germaine from France is delicious, though costs about 4 times more than Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs.
1 ½ part pear vodka (I personally prefer Absolut)
¼ – ½ part fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled sugar-rimmed Martini glass and enjoy!