But more than a simple hope for a dreamy fresh start for ourselves, I ask for unfailing strength of mind and heart for you and me to meet the challenges of the year to come.
I ask for support when doubt and fear cast shadows on our dreams for ourselves.
I ask for the cleansing force of love to wash us clean when 2010 feels soiled and unforgiving.
I ask for bubbles of joy to remain readily available in our very own pockets.
I ask for clear roads and clear plans and bone-deep faith in ourselves to carry us wherever we choose to go.
I ask for laughter to lift us and save us daily.
I ask for peace in our noisy brains and gentleness in our times of harshest self-judgement.
I ask that 2010 be the year we learn how to honor our needs more fully, that we see the dignity and common sense in filling our own wells first before we choose to give outwardly.
I ask for good health, yours and mine, and the understanding of what we truly need in order to be healed.
I ask all this so we can live the dreams we choose for ourselves as we collectively step into the new.
My deepest wishes to you, Dear Readers, for a blessed and bountiful new year.