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A whole new year.

Do I accept it as the gift it is, and how will I use it?

This last year, I’ve found myself living more and more between the reality and the possibility of my life.  I’ve tried to make this person I am becoming a travelling companion, some kind of dreamwhisperer to others.  Some things have worked, some things haven’t but in amongst it all, I’ve identified what it is I must do more strongly, and I have come to believe more deeply in yours.

More than three years ago, my friend Dan remarked how we have to keep doing the scary stuff else we’ll just feel doing the same stuff and not very well.  He’s right and his words are pertinent to the beginning of a new year.

I’ve the opportunity to enter the arena again and, whilst I sometimes feel the pull back to 2015 or 2014, I know I must return forward to 2017, to be here, walking and whispering with those I meet on the way.

A whole new year.

Do you accept it, and how will you use it?

“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming but … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”*

(*Theodore Roosevelt, quoted in Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly.)

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