© 2010 Marica

123 – New dawn, new day, new year, new decade

I woke this morning with the words of a song in my head …

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

I didn’t know why this was playing in my head over and over nor how I had picked it up. I had recently purchased a Michael Buble CD and I wondered if it was one of the songs on there. I went and checked and it wasn’t. I did a search on Google and found that Michael Buble had released a version of this song – at least I knew I hadn’t imagined the words and tune. I sat there watching the You Tube video and kept thinking, ” It’s a new dawn, a new life, a new year, a new decade” so why don’t I feel good? I parked this thought.

With the words still playing in my head I continued about my day. Somewhere along the way I stopped to read a section of  Romancing the Ordinary by Sara Ban Breathnach – I have been chipping away at this book on and off throughout the past year.  I have gained a lot of wonderful gems and inspiration from this book including what I read today …

There is something so splendid, so abundant about Life’s “second chances” that arrive each morning. Perhaps it’s because second chances (or third, fourth and fifth!) are the golden opportunities we thought too good to be true the first time around. Now we know better.

Pretend you’ve never been given the gift of a new year before. Dame Good Fortune has swept in with her arms full of presents just for you. In a little book that I cherish, Ceremonials of Common Days, written by Abbie Graham in 1928, she describes her annual visit this way: “I open the door. The gorgeous guest from afar sweeps in. In her hands are her gifts – the gift of hours and farseeing moments, the gift of mornings and evenings, the gift of spring and summer, the gift of autumn and winter. She must have searched the heavens for boons so rare.” (pp.11-12)

The possibilities of a new year appeared before me. For a moment I wasn’t focused on the many challenges ahead of me. I know there is a lot I have to do to get to where I want to be and at times this becomes daunting. I realised my life is good – actually it’s great – and the tingle of excitement finally arrived.

“Small steps, take small steps. Break it all down into chunks,” I could hear myself saying.

The words continued playing in my mind, “It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It can be whatever you want it to be.” I kept wondering what this was all about.

Eventually I said to Lynsey, “I can’t get this song out my head. I have no idea where it came from nor why it has stuck in my mind like it has.”

He looked at me and smiled. “I know,” he said. I acted surprised but then again I don’t know why – Lynsey knows all sorts of odd things so why wouldn’t he know where I had heard this song. I couldn’t wait to hear his answer.

“It’s The Warehouse ad on TV. You know the one with the couple at the checkout with the trolley full of gardening supplies and they’re delighted by the cost of it all.”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” was my response.

I had to check this out to see if he was correct – and he was!”

So as I continue to work on all the questions I have about my year ahead I’d like to wish all of you a great 2010. I hope we all get to experience the familiar in new and wonderful ways, every day. In the words of the song “Feeling Good” …

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me …
Yeah freedom is mine
And I know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

I hope you’re all feeling good too. Happy New Year. Sretna Nova Godina.

02. Every day is an opportunity for a new beginning.
06. Every day you make choices.
07. Every day making no choice is a choice.

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