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A New Year’s Wish For You!

December '17

During the pre-holiday rush, I woke up one morning to a bad start. I had overslept. I washed up quickly, dressed, grabbed a fast breakfast and hustled out the door to reach an appointment on time. Oh no! For the first time this winter, a hard layer of frost encrusted all the windows of my car. I dug the ice scraper out of the trunk, cleared the ice, hopped into my car and hit the road. Finally ready to unwind a bit, I turned on NPR. The news began with one frightening national story after another. By the time I heard a heart-rending narrative from a woman in the Middle East, I realized my anxiety level was increasing, not decreasing.

I clicked off the radio, wondering how to calm my racing thoughts. What would help? I took a deep breath. That pause did it. I suddenly noticed the low morning sun glinting off the icy branches of the trees and the crystalline snow-covered ground beside the road. I smiled when I saw the bark of the birch trees bright in the sunlight. When I turned onto the interstate I could still enjoy the shapes of the bare oak trees against a blue sky.

I had calmed down. You may not be surprised to learn I encountered no traffic jams and was only mildly annoyed at a few crazy drivers who zipped in and out of lanes. I walked through the door to my appointment right on time. That pause was a brief one, but it made all the difference — connecting with nature almost always works for me.

My new year’s wish for you is that you find your own pauses when things get a little crazy. As usual, I love to hear from you and would be delighted to learn what kind of pause works for you.








May 2018 be filled with joy, blessings and a happy surprise for you!


  1. Roberta Taylor said on January 2, 2018:

    Happy, healthy New Year to you, too. You are the voice of calm even if you don’t always feel it.

  2. Bonnie said on January 2, 2018:

    Thanks, Roberta:)

  3. Linda K said on January 4, 2018:

    Thank you, Bonnie. May 2018 bring you blessings. Taking a deep, inward breath, then exhaling always seems to calm the moment.

  4. Bonnie said on January 5, 2018:

    Thanks, Linda!

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