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happiness  | ˈhapēnis | noun – good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.


On December 21st, my friend Dawn had a party in celebration of the Mayan calendar. There were lots of “end of the world” parties around town, but Dawn wanted to create a different sort of party. She wanted to celebrate the possibilities of new beginnings in each of our lives. I’m glad she did.

Dawn gave us all a plastic container she had decorated and asked each of us to write something we were grateful for or felt joy about each night before going to bed, then put it in the plastic tub. Well, I wasn’t groovin’ to the tub but, I had a beautiful tin box my friend Nancy had given me one year for my birthday that was made by a local tinsmith. This seemed to be the perfect receptacle for gratitude and joy.

Each night since, with the exception of a couple here and there, I have written my daily gratitude or joy, folded the paper and dropped it in my box. I am noticing that I feel happier, more joyful and laughing a lot more. I see more of the beauty that surrounds me and I feel more positive and content about life. Little things that would bother me or drive me crazy now seem less important. Life has become a joyful flow of creativity and wonder. For this, I am eternally grateful.

So, here’s my question to you. What makes you happy? What small thing do you do each day to bring more joy, gratitude and purpose into your life? And please, feel free to share. You never know when something you are currently doing might help someone you have never met.


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Today is the last day of an old year moving into a new one… 2011 leaves us and 2012 begins.

I’ve been fascinated by the doomsayers looking at the Mayan calendar and it makes me wonder if they have forgotten the significance of a circle? They are never ending, no beginning and no end.

I used to be afraid when I heard people speak of the end of the world, when they tied it to an ancient calendar, that really gave me the heebie geebies! The more I thought about it, the more I realized they didn’t allow the significance of the shape of the Mayan calendar, as all aspects have meaning.

2012 is a new beginning. But not just any new beginning, this is a year like no other, a very powerful time in our lives, full of trials, tribulations and changes… great changes. The choices and decisions we make in this year will not only affect our lives but also the lives of everyone on the planet.

This year is about creating the world we wish to live in and asking ourselves those deep, heartfelt questions… Is this how I want my life to be? Do I want to live in fear and anger, for my children and grandchilden to live that way too? Or do I want to create a world of love, compassion and empathy for myself and others?

Think about it, we do have the ability to make change and to affect change, no matter how small or insignificant we think our contribution is. After all, it only takes a snowflake to begin an avalanche!

This year, I choose to look into the deeper levels of my choices. Instead of choosing willy-nilly based on the fear others want me to feel, I will look deeper and peel away the layers of what really lies underneath, then choose. That is the beauty of freedom, it allows us to make choices based on knowledge and understanding. And with knowledge, comes power.

So, if someone is trying to tell you a fear story, reject the fear and look deeper into what is causing the fear, that is where the light shines brightest. Feeling fear and walking through it anyway is what allows us all to make wise choices as we go into this new beginning of the Mayan calendar.

May you have a very beautiful, creative and light filled year!

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