On the 21st of June, the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the longest day of our year.
Under the bright Sun
Let us warm ourselves
Among the blossoms
Let our souls be nourished
In harmony with Sparrows and Bluebirds
Let us lift our heart's song
Under the waning Moon
Let us take rest
I stop to smell the flowers
I know they won't last long...
Written by Erin Pfahler
“... character -- the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life -- is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Joan Didion, On Self Respect
I have grown to love the sentiment of the New Year.
In my adolescence I was fervently against what I considered the absurdity of the Gregorian calendar, and celebrating a day as seemingly arbitrary as January 1 as any sort of New Year's Day --
Luckily, I am continually learning to shed my attachment to fighting battles that are of little importance, in the grand scheme.
I would rather welcome in this acknowledgement of New Beginnings, and allow the day and the sentiments surrounding it to remind us of something meaningful and useful.
Each day is a new day.
Each moment is another opportunity.
With every single breath, we are blessed with a chance to Begin Again. To find our way back to ourselves and the intentions we bring to our lives.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability