January 3, 2012

Setting the tone for 2012

A brand new year is here and I can't help but think of this quote by an American author and journalist Hal Borland:
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us "

How true is that !
Life is "a going on" and we keep on going supposedly with more wisdom and experience. Every year teaches us some of life's greatest lessons and with that learning we put ourselves toward into the new one.
However, things on our "to-do" lists and our responsibilities do not instantly disappear at midnight on December 31;
some important tasks and some not so take a long lime, or even life time to be accomplished.
So I will not go back in retrospect of the passing year. I will simply turn the page of the calendar and continue to try my best in every new day.  
To me, New Year's Day
has never been for revising rather than 
setting the tone for the new year. 

All of us have expectations and dreams for ourselves in the upcoming year, but to actually live those hopes and dreams requires us to take the time to listen to what our hearts are telling us, 
to slow down and focus attention to the simplest things available to all of us all the time, 
our bodies
our souls
all the wonders of life
and all the wonders of the world.

I have never made new years resolutions in my life, 
but today 
I will promise to myself 

to not rush the moments, but really let myself dive into them .

This year I will read, swim, cook, ice skate, play chess with my son, travel, eat, drive a car, meet a friend , study, teach ...
not for one second will wish to be doing anything else in the world. 
This year I will slow down and enjoy each step and each breath. 
I will pay attention to my thoughts and will try to think less. Whenever I catch a negative thought, I will pull myself back into the PRESENT. 
I will listen when others speak without thinking about my own feelings and response.
This year I will smile more, I will simply form a smile on my face to express joy .
I will constantly remind myself that PEACE is available in each moment...
until I don't need a reminder :) 
When difficulties arrive I will slow down and come back to my true self and my senses.
I will indulge in chocolate ( organic dark with 70% cocoa) and wine.
I will not just be focused on pleasures, but on true meaningfulness .
In the words of George Clooney's character in Up in the Air my mission this year will be to empty my backpack or at least lighten the load and CARRY LESS.

I should stop here because I don't want to be overwhelmed.
I simply want to be good to myself and others .
I want to enjoy being alive as I don't know for how long.
I want to get an insight into what I see around myself . 
I want to be inspired and create my own life.
What about you, dear friend ?

I hope your new year
will be filled with profound satisfaction and deepest feelings of joy, happiness
and peace .

From my little corner of the world I thank you all who stopped here and to those who have become my followers.

Enjoy a bright and peaceful 2012 !   


  1. Beautiful photos and wise words. Happy New Year to you :)

  2. Happy New Year Sylvia! This is so beautiful and so true, I couldn't agree more. Life is a journey and I am learning to take it one day at a time and enjoy the moment that I am in. Life is too short to be hurried all the time. Thank you for being such a peaceful and inspiring voice and I pray that all your dreams and wishes come true, not only this year, but for all the years that follow.

  3. Beautifully written, Sylvia!! I aspire to so many of the same thoughts and wishes and you put it so eloquently. Thank you!


  4. Loved climbing into
    your mind for a few
    refreshing minutes
    and soaking in all
    the good thoughts
    and goals along with
    you, Sylvia! I read this
    in a hurry yesterday and
    had to come back to
    savor your words, today,
    after putting the kids
    on the bus and my folks
    on an airplane : ( Always
    a blue day for me, so
    your post was a respite.
    Thank you for sharing
    your lovely thoughts at
    Monday Moments. Sending
    you thoughts of love and
    joy for 2012!

    xx Suzanne

  5. This is a beautiful post, pictures and words! I am hoping that I can continue to be receptive to all of lifes lessons that I find through my lens. But most of all I want to be able to fully be who I am supposed to be without fear!

    Happy New Year to you!

  6. Stunning images and wonderful words, you have summed up what I have been feeling far better than I could ever say. A very Happy New Year to you Sylvia. I am looking forward to your insights and words of wisdom in the coming months. xx

  7. Sylvia, I always enjoy visiting your blog and slowing down for a few moments to soak in your words.....and I hope that we can both soak in all the moments of the year. Wishing you and your family happiness and health for 2012! Lisa

  8. And there it is....the wisdom and beauty that is your soul!
    Dearest Sylvia, what a blessing it is to have met you in this virtual, but very real world. Do you know, outside of my family and precious Anita, you were my first follower, and first "blog friend"?
    From your introduction, and kind comment, you welcomed me into unknown territory with warmth and open arms. I will always be so thankful to you for this. And then to find out that we share the Black Sea heritage was the cherry on top! :)
    You are a joy, a beacon of light, and an inspiration. May this year bring all that your beautiful heart desires!
    Love, light, and hugs, wise and wonderful friend!!
    - Irina

  9. Beautiful & inspiring as always Sylvia! Wishing you all the Best for the New Year!

  10. Happy New Year, dear Sylvia! We do share the same hopes for 2012!

  11. I like your blog and I like Toronto, so I will visit you.
    Hugs from Warsaw, Poland. Anna:)

  12. Sweet Sylvia!

    Dearest, I am so late in responding here, but I was out all day Saturday. I thank you so much for STICKING WITH ME and trying to leave another comment! You are the second person that told me that yesterday was very difficult to leave a comment on my blog. I hope I am not being hacked again; a while back, someone hacked into my blog and prevented my visitors from seeing my post! But I thank you for your encouraging words about my Etsy!!!

    YOUR POSTS are always magical to me, so full of simplicity that allows for the IMPORTANT thoughts to SHINE through the lovely and etheral images.


  13. I feel very blessed ! You found Me in the "vast ocean of blogs" for Me to benefit from Your "wonderful place of written word".
    English is my second language and I try to never pass the opportunity to read beautiful words like Yours...More even, for I found "kindred spirit" in You and will cherrish my every visit here.
    Stay well and safe My Dear !

  14. Beautiful and inspiring words and images. Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

  15. Dear, sweet friend, I am so touched by the message you left me!
    You are an amazing person, and I hope someday we may have a chance to meet face to face...
    Thank you for the blessing of your friendship.
    Do you know that right here you have three of us in the same town? Oh, how fun it would be if you could visit...someday? ;)
    Much love and light to you, dear Sylvia..and have a wonderful week!
    - Irina

  16. Hello there Sylvia, PRECIOUS SYLVIA!

    Thank you so much for coming back to visit later yesterday. The love that is evident in all of YOU, the action of corresponding and kind words, IT ALL MATTERS!!!!

    Have a wonderful day dear and beautiful lady!!! Anita

  17. Such wise words you share with us today! We all need to slow down and appreciate all that really matters...this can be hard but I have been trying to do just that. Your images are stunning...they alone bring me peace...thank you for visiting me the other day....hugs to you for a very blessed day. xoxo

  18. Dear Sylvia,

    Beautiful words & photographs. I wish you and your loved ones all the best for a happy, healthy and sparkling 2012!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog too.

    Madelief x

  19. Oh, this is beautiful! I feel kind of energized and inspired after reading it. I need to be like you and spend more time living in the moment.


  20. Sylvia precious,

    Your kind comments made my morning today! Love is really the only guarantee we have in life and AFTER life, I believe. We came in with it, and well....you know...I think we leave with it. Why not celebrate it daily?!

    Enjoy a peaceful and simple day in love. Anita


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