|St Barbara's Branch|
cut and put in water on 4th Dec
Apart from the usual corny wishes for Peace on Earth, Food and Shelter for all Mankind, Kindness and Consideration for the Planet and All Creatures, great and small, who dwell on it; in other words everything I have wished for for countless years, without much visible success, I would really like some peace and quiet for myself now, please.
Today was the last of the parties, the smartest, largest, most opulent of them all, held in a wonderful house in the hills; and Beloved and I never even went! We simply couldn't face yet another round of
Instead, we got up late, had a leisurely breakfast, walked the dog, had an even more leisurely lunch, snoozed for a bit, and generally let the world go by without us lifting a finger to help it on its way.
I am not a great believer in New Year's Resolutions, I have never yet managed to keep one for more than a few days, so I no longer bother. Besides, if I haven't learned to live with myself by now, with all my faults, fantasies and foibles, I never will.
What I'd like for myself is the strength to continue standing on my own feet, with the occasional helping hand, offered and given, when the going gets rough, for me or others, and a sense of humour when yet another overly ambitious undertaking or plan comes to dust.
In the days to come
Let me be able to accept joy with simple gratitude
Pain and sorrow with fortitude and courage
Let there be a friend beside me on the path
Let my spirit be content with what I find ahead
Let a kind heart and hope be my companions along the way.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
TO ALL MY DEAR