January 1, 2013

Snowy Thoughts

New year
New day
New snow
Perhaps new Me...
With each foot step on the ground covered by white powdery blanket, I feel how perfect the new day is, fresh, bright, clear, quiet and tender! It seems like mother earth sends some snow to teach me that life is short... just like the snow. Eventually, these beautiful flakes, falling gently through the air, will soon return to their original forms. They will fill creeks, lakes and rivers to continue the cycle... There is wisdom behind each snowflake uniqueness. Every one of us is different, but an inseparable part of a whole. Snow gathers when individual flakes land on the ground, merge with one another and come to be "one" snow. If I paraphrase the story of the wave and the ocean, it would sound like "... you are not a snowflake, you are part of the snow." I believe that a single person owes as much to his own well-being as he owes to the world of which he is a part of. So, on this new January day, I wish everyone of us is happy, full and healthy. 
While walking in the snow, I am sensing nature's hug, I am feeling the human hope. It brings me comfort and exhilaration. It makes me slow down, pause and observe. I don't want to take snow for granted. I remember on one of my trips to Cuba a young man asked me ''What does snow feel like?", because he has never experienced winter and he has been dreaming of it ...This year I don't want to take anything in my life, either good or bad, for granted. I want to learn to accept what each new day has to offer with far less resistance and to "have patience with everything unresolved in my heart." This year, I want to use my present moment fully as I revel in the abundant joy and kindness of it. I would want nothing more that what's in the moment. If there is pain, experience the pain. If there is a disappointment, let it go. If there is a new plan, follow it with passion. If there is snow, embrace it... and make a snow angel...

"True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, wich is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not."  ~ Seneca 

It's 2013
And even though, I don't believe in numbers, I know 13 is my lucky one; besides, I am born on the 13th. I know this year will be better than the last. I know, this year will be mine ... for I am slowly learning to know how to live my present moments, how to not miss out on life, how not to be afraid of failure, how to love everybody... and how to embrace the snow... 

                    Wishing all of you love and wisdom to truly enjoy each day of your bright new 2013!  


  1. just beautiful Sylvia. Living in the moment is quite an astounding thing. It takes practice, but so worth the slowing down. Blessings for the New Year!

  2. Living in the present has been my "later in life" motto. At this age, it's obvious how fleeting time is. Wonderful post for the first day of a new year. I wish you much health, happiness and love to surround you.


  3. Sylvia,
    Beautiful post as always. I always feel such a calming peace when I read your words and I could look at your photos over and over.

    I feel a new ME emerging this year also. Everything seems so possible and beautiful....

    I wish you the best this new year...one filled with lots of beauty.

  4. Enjoyed your thoughts and photos on the new year and snow. Blessings to you and yours. Pamela

  5. Good morning dear and beautiful friend!

    Oh how I love a new year. It makes us think. With you, I wait for every new second to allow me to make it a NEW year. Forging ahead, trying my best. And as always my friend, your photos transmit a simplicity that has more depth than the fanciest of art. THAT DOG! He/she is yours? My favorite chocolate on the planet!!! MANY HUGS, Anita

  6. All of this is so very beautiful--the photographs, the sentiments, the Seneca quote. Thank you. What a lovely gift. I have been thinking along similar lines as well, mulling on the importance of individuality and connection.

    Wishing you a 2013 full of joy, good health (for the pupper too) and peace!

  7. lovely thoughts
    and lovely photos

    happy new year to you as well!


  8. And the same to
    you, my beauty-FULL
    souled friend! Thanks
    for the gentle reminder
    to embrace all that this
    life hands to us, one
    moment at a time.

    Gorgeous photos, as
    always : )

    xo Suzanne

  9. Lovely sentiments. All the best in the coming year. Happy New Year!


  10. Beautiful and uplifting. Happy 2013, Sylvia!

  11. Oh that chocolate lab is so precious!
    Sylvia my dear, thank you so very much for your visit and kind compliments. The real thrill of this all is the reaction and support for my effort. The reality of taking in the dress yesterday was not as glowing, for there was a problem with the dress being to big for the window. The people in the shop did not seem that thrilled, but of course, they were more occupied with trying to get this thing to fit into their small space. So I left a bit unfulfilled. However, your support, all of you dear blogger friends, means a lot to me.

    Here we go onto a new year, having learned lessons, hopefully now going on to improve what we set out to do!

    MUCH LOVE, Anita

  12. All your photos are divine! I LOVE THE DOG & THE SNOW! Hope you have a great New Year. Thank you for sharing the beauty!

  13. Beautiful words and images, dear sister! This post touched me so much.
    What a splendid mindset with which to begin the New Year...may it be the best year so far for you, wonderful friend!
    Thank you so much for the loving wishes you left for me...wishing you the same, wise one.
    Blessings of love and joy!
    - Irina :)

  14. Simply, beautifully, inspiringly said, Sylvia. Bless you for your gentle soul. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  15. Good morning dear heart; I see you have a new title for a post but it did not come up as I attempted to come...I will be back later! Anita

  16. Beautiful words and photos. Thanks for this today. Blessings for the new year. Pamela

  17. Another beauty...I just love your style!


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