“Honor to the earth,” the abbot said, “honor to the dead in the passing of the year; honor to the living, in the coming of the new. A Great Year passes tonight. A new one begins. Let the good that is old continue and let the rest perish….”
~ C.J. Cherryh, Fortress of Owls
I think that this is a beautiful story that acknowledges both sides of our humanness. It reminds us that the beauty is sometimes marred by the ugliness, but that the New Year gives us an opportunity to begin with a clean slate — pure, white pages of potential. May your book be filled with abundant blessings throughout the year. More importantly, when we screw up, as we are wont to do, remember that the following page offers the opportunity to begin again. May your new year be happy. Blessings, lydia
Two little boys were at play one day when a Fairy suddenly appeared before them and said, “I have been sent to give you New Year presents.”
She handed to each child a package, and in an instant was gone.
Carl and Philip opened the packages and found in them two beautiful books, with pages as pure and white as the snow when it first falls.
Many months passed and the Fairy came again to the boys. “I have brought you each another book?” said she, “and will take the first ones back to Father Time who sent them to you.”
“May I not keep mine a little longer?” asked Philip. “I have hardly thought about it lately. I’d like to paint something on the last leaf that lies open.”
“No,” said the Fairy; “I must take it just as it is.”
“I wish that…
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