So here we are wishing you all a Happy New Year from Eleuthera – 2019 is here whether you are ready or not ! The coming year will bring us all a combination of joy, sorrow, happiness and sadness and what we wish for you is the ability to deal with all of these events with a sense of balance and stability.
There is a huge pressure from the media to ‘ make this the best year ever, make yourself a brand new better person, be fitter, be healthier , but more prosperous – be more of everything ‘ Yikes – forget that ! What I wish for is the ability to handle all of the inevitable ups and downs without being overwhelmed – or trying to pretend to all and sundry that life is one long perfect situation ….
I bought Bob a book for Christmas – well actually I bought it for both of us. It is called Delight – by JB Priestley. It was first published in 1949 and has just been re-published as the 70th Anniversary Edition. The author was a British playwright and writer and was known for being quite a grumpy character. But this book is an antidote to that. There are 114 short essays on assorted aspects of life that brought him joy … They are everyday things but with a lovely explanation of why they bring him a sense of delight.
So guess what – that is a practice I will be taking forward this year and reporting in the blog to share with you – and of course I encourage you to do the same.We are all going to face challenges this coming year – personally, professionally and globally – and I think that this practice will have a grounding effect and help to keep us from being overwhelmed by what is happening in our own lives and also on the lives of people we know and don’t know – all around the world.
I will of course try to interweave this with what is going on here on island because I know that many of you have told me that you enjoy staying in touch with events here through the blog. I also want to tell you that we have experienced a slight technical hitch which I still have to try to remedy. Many of you had made comments on blogs throughout December – but I never received the notification that a comment was awaiting approval. I just thought that maybe the blogs were a bit bland and no comments were necessary – eventually of course I noticed that there were plenty of comments – so apologies to those of you who wondered why your thoughts were not being posted !!
So on we go into 2019 – share your delights with me and with others – and try to make it a part of your life. Don’t just recognize the frustrations in your life – recognize and relish the delight as well.
Happy New Year to you all dear friends…….
And following are some pictures from New Year’s Eve here in Governors Harbour