AHHH … The ever-dreaded New Year’s Post …

Alas, it’s the last day of 2013 and the web will be flooded with insight and past-sight and future-sight. People will make thoughtful resolutions … ATTAINABLE ones. (That’s the key word, huh?) Others will write about the past year with wit and charm, bringing out the ten most … most ten … quirky countdowns and lists that will wow us and make us feel both inspired and uncomfortable at the same time. It’ll be like TED TALKS ON SPEED TIMES A MILLION …
Some posts will go viral, and we’ll all click when we read this new catch phrase: NOTHING COULD’VE PREPARED ME FOR ________  (the last picture, the last twenty seconds, her reaction). I have, in fact, stopped clicking on those “nothing could’ve prepared me for” because  I HATE that stupid phrase now. I, personally, LIKE to be surprised by things. It’s not always possible, but the fact that somebody is saying NOTHING COULD’VE PREPARED ME FOR … means you’re prepared for ….  and have already gotten out the tissues, so, in fact, I am prepared and, oftentimes, not that excited about it.
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So here I am. December 31, 2013.
And I’ve got … nothing … except this.

I wish you well.
I wish you happiness and laughter and health and peace and love and gratitude.
I wish you perspective.(When life does a flip flop, stand on your head!)

I wish you great stories — ones you live, ones you read, ones you listen to, ones you create. We are ALL story tellers. Don’t forget the magic you can find in books and songs, in poetry and our every day lives. We paint the world with our stories. We infuse the love of stories in our children. We have the power of stories every day.  Tell the story you want to tell with your life. Every single day. Your story is unique and wonderful because you are..
I hope you know that you matter. Your smile makes someone’s day. You make a difference because you ARE.
You, as you are, are phenomenal, perfectly flawed, just like the rest of the world out there.

So, whether you’re a New Year’s grinch or are ready to dazzle tonight, Happy New Year!