It’s a Brand New Year

img_2709This time of year is my favourite, despite the oppressive Brisbane heat, despite the extra roll of chub around my middle (thanks so much, Christmas gingerbread), despite my on-holidays children who leave yogurt-coated bowls on couches and don’t refill the water jug and ask to be driven around like I’m some sort of chaffeur.

It’s my favourite time of year because I secretly do like my kids, because that gingerbread was good and because a fresh new year is ripe with possibility. Anything could happen.

There are things I want to achieve this year and I’m sure you’re the same. Many of us are setting goals and planning steps towards those goals – either on paper or in our heads. (I plan to complete my short story manuscript, kindly assisted by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre Fellowship I received last month, wahoo! I get to write for 2 weeks in Greenmount, Western Australia!) But it’s not just this possibility of achievement that I mean.

A new year feels like everything could be better. Our capacity for patience, our tolerance. Our generosity of spirit. Our attention to emotional detail, our care for those who too often get forgotten. Our ability to forgive. Maybe our hearts can even soften towards ourselves, because sure as eggs we’ll mess up. So we try again, and we might just do well. We’ll do the best we can and that fills me with hope.

Thanks for stopping by. And Happy New Year!

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4 responses to “It’s a Brand New Year

  1. Thank you for this uplifting, optimistic post, Fiona. I too hope everything can be better, that I will be gentler with myself and others.

    Congratulations on the KSP Fellowship. Happy writing.

  2. I love New Year, too. It’s like you can draw a line under the last one, forget about any unfinished projects or endeavours that faltered, and start again! A New Year brims with possibility. For the first time in many, many years, I made a couple of New Year’s resolutions—things over which I have control, and I’ll do my damnedest to fulfill them! Thanks for this lovely post! 🙂

  3. Hi Louise, I’m happy to hear you’re feeling positive about the New Year, too. This is going to be a BIG year for you, and I can’t wait for it all to unfold! xx

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