Friday, January 2, 2009

Hope Duels Fear

"A new dawn" by Ted Trimmer

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"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."

- Charles Lamb

"Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true."

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."

- Henry Moore

Top of Waikiki: cool restaurant!

"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." - Anaïs Nin
Here in Hawaii we watch the New Year march across the Earth from Kiribati, and on through: Oceania, Australasia, Asia, Europe, the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and finally - it's our turn! As a new year begins, it is natural to look back and also ahead. At this unprecedented moment in history, fear & hope are duelling in hearts all over the world as never before. New ways of thinking about our lives are emerging from our common longings. "Truly appreciate what you've got," is one of these emerging new "Memes." "Humankind does not live by bread alone," is an older version of that same thought. When we really "get" how little it takes to be deeply content - actually HAPPY - then our freedom begins! One last quote that I believe hints at the way:
" Broaden your mind enough and you necessarily come to mysteries that are so much bigger than everyday concerns that to encounter them is to experience awe, to experience the sacred." - Tenzin W. Rinpoche
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