As we prepare to say good-bye to 2014 and celebrate the start of 2015, I’m avoiding my annual pit-fall of writing a long list of resolutions. I’m only destined to break them long before the end of January.
As 2014 draws to a close, I’m simply taking time for reflection.
Instead of sharing ill-fated resolutions with you this year, I created a photo collection highlighting my favorite Celtic quotations and blessings, focusing upon the gifts of peacefulness, calm and reflection.
When I read these words uttered by Michael Collins, I feel a deep sense of sadness.
He lost his life for Ireland’s freedom, never finding the peace he so longed for.
May he rest in peace, knowing his sacrifices are appreciated by generations.
William Butler Yeats coined the most famous of all Irish words about seeking peace.
In 1888 he wrote “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”. His poignant words echo with many of us, who long for a quiet place, close to nature, to be alone, and to find our own inner peace.
However, at the end of his beautiful poem, Yeats reveals he shall only go there in his heart.
And so this New Year, I hope you too find peace in your heart.
Here are my New Year wishes for all those who read my ramblings ……
May the blessings of contentment be with you
and fill your home with happiness.
May you find time to be alone,
and at peace with your thoughts.
May you experience joy and fulfillment
in the present moment.
May your soul find peace
And strength in silence.
May the beauty of the world
draw you where you need to go.
And as you continue on life’s journey,
May you remember it is not always your destination,
but your journey that truly matters.
Whether you are lucky enough to travel to a place of solitude to find calm, or if that is not possible, you choose to travel to your quiet place in your heart, I wish you a New Year filled with peace and joy.
Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh!
(Happy New Year)
Irish American Mom
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