How endings become beginnings

At the end of each year I like to look back and reflect on everything that has happened. I usually write a year end wrap up blog post sharing and reflecting on all of my experiences and accomplishments of the past year. This year it just didn’t feel right, the post felt forced and trite.

My year was amazing; I traveled, experienced and accomplished many wonderful things. My year was awful; I lost my Father after a long battle with many health issues – just a year after I lost my Mother. It can be perplexing to be happy and sad at the same time.

I am looking forward to a new year filled with lots of adventures and new experiences.

I wish you a Happy New Year filled with health, happiness, and creativity. I thought I would share a passage of the Tao Te Ching that really speaks to me. Its a section of verse 16. (Note, there are 100’s of translations of the Tao Te Ching, this one is by Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Become totally empty.
Let your heart be at peace.
Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings,
observe how endings become beginnings.
Things flourish, each by each,
only to return to the source…
To what is and what is to be.


Every year I commission a different artist to paint a family portrait for us. This year Kim Christman Smith painted this beautiful piece with a 1920’s theme. I love how she even added Sabine’s favorite teddy bear that she rarely parts with.

Happy New Year