Blimey! It’s 2015 and I’ve clearly not been plugged in. Oops.
But here I am, trying to remedy that, though I’m not sure how I will go with being nice. Certainly I am saying Hi. “Hi”, and also thank you for patience and forbearance.
For this pilgrim, it began with movement. Planes and cars and trucks. Not very much walking, sadly – but that will change. The minute I have sent this note into the ether, I will head out into the afternoon to let my legs lead me. For now, though, the fingers are the only moving part. They must try to capture my wishes for you….
May you have days and days of benign uneventfulness under wide blue skies, broken only by delicious AHA! moments of realising that peace, in self and place, is the greatest gift.
A village full of healthy laughing friends and family to applaud you through your days, sharing the ups and buoying you in the downs.
Licorice allsorts. Plenty.
Possibilities swirling, all of them expansive.
A shady spot under a spreading tree. An umbrella when it pours. Or not, if you like to be drenched.
A mind and heart that say YES to all the right questions, and can say a loud NO when necessary.
The freedom to continue to breathe and walk and speak and live without fear, and the courage to keep on doing those things when fear intrudes. As it does. As it will. As it must, I suppose. That too is life. But I wish you oceans of courage and freedom, that you may wake each day and give thanks.
I give it to you and I wish it for you.
And love. With every step, every meeting, every parting and every keeping.
Most of all, I hope you can have what I am claiming for myself. While in Ubud recently, I wished a boy “happy new year”. He smiled back at me and said “And you – you have more happy.”
It’s my only resolution.
Have more happy.
May it be a bright bright bright new year, full to the brim with more happy.
And a postscript…
I have been remiss. Forgot to let you know about a couple of things during my unplugged days, but there is a show called The Truth About Us on the Foxtel Bio Channel. One episode was a great celebration of my friendship with the beautiful friend Kat Stewart – a remarkable human being for whom I have so much respect and gratitude. It was such a privilege to record it with Angela Pulvirenti.