Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day




It has been a lovely day here. We did not exactly make it until midnight, but that was okay. After sailing for five hours yesterday, we were tired when we got to the anchorage.

Sailing was really good, and she went along smoothly. She defied the laws of physics by staying steady on course. It is such a big difference to sail on her where the helm stays true.

Once we anchored, we went for a walk on the beach. The sunset was beautiful. We fixed dinner and then took a nap with the intention of getting up again.

I woke up when the fireworks started going off. I could see them from the city, and someone was shooting off bottle rockets on the island. Our old dog is afraid of fireworks so she decided to make a bomb shelter under the v-berth. I watched the new year arrive and then went back to sleep.

Today we built a fire on the beach. The fog had rolled in early so it was nice to have the warmth. I forgot to bring any black eye peas or collard greens for today's meal so it looks as if we will be neither wealthy or healthy in 2011, according to folk lore. But maybe flounder and filet mignon for dinner will get us by.

The past year has been a good one. I believe that in 2010 I made a lot of improvements in my personal journey. I was able to feel the peace of acceptance and letting go. I retired from a long-time career without too much regret. I decided to fulfill a dream by buying a cruising sailboat.

I have no idea what 2011 will bring. I do my best to not project into the future. I don't make resolutions. Instead, I will do my best to live daily with gratitude, acceptance, and hope in my heart.

Wishing you the best today and every day.

21 comments:

  1. sounds like a wonderful way to ring in the new year. we watched a movie. happy new years syd

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  2. Here's hoping that the best of 2011finds you in your sailboat.

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  3. One of the things I give honor to 2010 for is that it was the year that brought me to this place.
    Happy New Year, Syd.
    Peace.

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  4. What a wonderful way to celebrate the new year. My husband and I are also sailors, him more than me. I keep running across your blog and username on the blogs I follow, and I am drawn in. Peace to you in the new year.

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  5. What a perfect New Years. Sounds wonderful.

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  6. I'm glad to hear you have had such a nice new year. I must admit that you're post made me think. Here I have been saying over and over how 2010 was a horrible year, but I wouldn't be here without going through it would I? No! I think I just have to accept 2010 to let it go. Or I will be forever holding on to it too. Thank you for help me coming to this realisation, even if it' was in a roundabout way.
    ~Sarah~

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  7. I hope that 2011 brings more progression on your journey and your new year journey sounds blissful!
    Happy New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year to you. It sounds like you had a great day. I just came across your blog and am interested in reading more , as I have tried Al-Anon, then stopped going, but am thinking of going back. It is a good program, and I'm glad I found your blog today.

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  9. Happy New Year to you and C -- more growth, more love, more playfulness!

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  10. Happy New Year Syd! I am looking forward to the year unfolding.

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  11. ...sooner or later the road has to level out. or so i believe anyway. my pups aren't friends of fireworks either. i sat up a good part of the night just cuddling and soothing them. thank goodness this only happens once a year. and thanks for your comment. i'm better now. hope has the way of creeping back in.

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  12. Sounds like the perfect way to bring in the new year, Syd, you and your wife in the new boat together on a great sail and then a walk on the beach. None of us knows what 2011 will bring but we hope for the best, for ourselves and for each other. Looking back on 2010 to assess recovery is a good idea. Yesterday while talking to my sponsor I was able to do that and see the improvement in my behavior.

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  13. Wonderful way to ring in the new year!

    Already you have a wealth of beauty and a healthy appetite for life, so maybe the hoppin john isn't so necessary an ingredient to the mix :)

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  14. Happy New year Syd and C. 2011 will bring you both lots of great things I'm sure :)

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  15. Happy New Year to you :)
    God bless.

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  16. And I wish you the best, my dear friend.

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  17. Happy New Year Syd,
    i really enjoyed your last few posts. thank you. and i like this very much:

    'have no idea what 2011 will bring. I do my best to not project into the future. I don't make resolutions. Instead, I will do my best to live daily with gratitude, acceptance, and hope in my heart.'

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