New Year, New Start

art of happinessThe start of a new year always brings promise, and I’m feeling particularly optimistic about 2013. I spent 2012 breaking down and then rebuilding my life.  At the same time, my life seemed to be guided by Murphy’s Law that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”  As I was nearing the point of hopelessness, I decided that I needed to let go and stop fighting what I can’t control. Of course, that kind of surrender does not happen over night (and I still need to be reminded from time to time).

When you stop fighting and living in fear you can find peace and happiness even in the most trying moments. Which reminds me of a quote by Dalai Lama in The Art Of Happiness, “when we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”

I would like to invite everyone to join me in making 2013 a fabulous year by recognizing and facing fears, embracing what cannot be changed, and living in the moment. I believe we will find a deeper sense of peace and happiness. Remember that life is a process and this is just one step.


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