Tonight, after a wonderful evening, which included new and old friends, Texas queso, butter cake (likely the most delicious thing I ate this year), a bottle of vinho verde and 10 boys under 10 years of age racing around with Nerf guns, we came home, put the boys to bed and I headed outside with giddy abandon. It’s snowing on this last night of 2013, and it’s wondrous.
I leashed up the pups, suited up for snow and ran through our darkened Chicago neighborhood as Ralph, Lily and Tinkie tugged at their leads like sled dogs. I think all four of us were smiling the entire time, running tirelessly and more care freely with every fresh track we made in the still-falling blanket of white powder. Red cheeks, endorphins kicking, Mother Nature beaming, life happening and big flakes softening, well, just about everything.
The year 2013 had some sharp edges, for many of us. If this night in Chicago is any indication, and if I were a betting woman, I’d say 2014 will be a bit rounder, softer, more childlike, safer just to be, more carefree, gently flowing, sometimes floating, filled with wonder.
In 2014, here’s to everyone experiencing the conscious health, joy, vitality, light, love, wonder and, yes, softness, that’s there for us to access within and without at every given moment. I wish you all tremendous beauty in 2014. God bless.