The Epiphany

This is the time of year when some people celebrate the Festival of Epiphany.  When the Kings (or Wise men) saw the star, they rejoiced.  Those wise men had been following that star for quite some time.  They were passionate about finding the new born king.  They didn’t cease their quest until they found what they longed for…that’s true passion.  It was a time for new beginnings.

I absolutely love this time of the year.  New beginnings.  New horizons.  Old things have passed away.

For me, walking through the vineyards this time of the year actually brings a soothing calm to my soul.  Walking the narrow rows of the resting vines during the early morning hours can be quite peaceful.  The sun is not yet opening its eyes as I quietly stroll through the rows of vines.  The dew is still on the ground and the fog is merging with the sweet smells around me.  The rows fade and disappear into the fog.  The vines are quiet and still, standing at attention as if their commander and chief had just walked by for inspection.  All I can hear is the sound of my own breathing.  I embrace the opportunity to reflect on the previous year as I gently walk through the vineyard and make my plans for the coming new year.

I yield to the vines.  What struggles they go through.  They are starting over. New beginnings are about to emerge.  The vines will be cut back to bare minimum and soon bud again. New fruit will spring forth.

Much like our own lives, we need new beginnings.  We need a new start.  We seek a new paths to find our way. Take a walk through the rows of your life and see the new horizons ahead of you…look closely through the fog. It’s there.  It will emerge.  New fruit will soon spring forth.  What are you passionate about?  What new beginnings do you see ahead of you…follow it – Do Not Be Afraid….Take a Step…


Resolutions…or not


Today. January 2, 2019. A new start. Again. 2018 sure did go by fast. Here we are again making our New Year’s resolutions…or not. Some of us tend to make resolutions in secret. Why? Because failure isn’t a pretty site. What will people think if we can’t accomplish our goals? And then there are some of us who decide to make our resolutions known to the world.

I’d rather not make any resolutions. Not that I am afraid of failure, but that I think resolutions that we tend to want to do…we should be doing them anyway. Be a better person. Eat healthier. Exercise more. Read more. Reach out to those around us. Etc, etc….

My New Year started out visiting a couple of friends. First house. Lots of laughter. Lots of food. Good wine. And most of all, good friendships. Second house. Lots of laughter. Lots of food. Good wine. And most of all, good friendships. I’d say my new year started out great, wouldn’t you?

I believe this year is going to be a great one. Let’s help one another get through this thing we call life. Resolutions…or not.

New Year’s 2019

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