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Happy New Year

Rilke_mhhoopesThis photo was taken on the grounds of one of my favorite places... The Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. The hotel is right on the coast and you can enjoy a wonderful meal, surrounded by flowers and hummingbirds, on their terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Dan and I were there in August, visiting my sister and brother-in-law in beautiful Montecito, CA. We made a point of having breakfast at the Four Seasons on our last day in town, when I snapped this photo. The image seemed fitting company for the quote, another favorite of mine. 

Rilke perfectly grasps the excitement and mystery of considering what the future might bring. Whatever that is, it is likely to be full of Life (with a capital L)... love and loss, contentment and fear, loneliness and happy times.

We can work through the lows; by learning to temper pain and disappointments with acceptance and understanding, balance them with love, and seek the beauty in our messy world. Like most, I can't always pull this off, but this new year my intention is to awaken each day with this goal...

Today, I will choose love rather than fear.

I wish the same for you.

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