Aloha and happy holydays,

Here in the northern hemisphere we just celebrated winter solstice. Imagine living a few millenniums ago and the seasons played such a huge role in life. The sun beginning its journey back was truly an event to celebrate. Spiritual leaders thousands of years ago had the people build monuments like Stonehenge and Newgrange in Ireland where the only time the chamber is light is when the sunrises on the winter solstice.

Winter in Hawaii certainly is far different from winter in Vermont. In Hawaii winter is the rainy season and it is cooler. Everything is relative because for me it is cold this time of year, but when I lived in Vermont this kind of weather called for shorts and tank tops.
I think of this time of year as a time to reflect, notice what I am holding onto that no longer serves me, letting it go and deciding what I want to create in the coming year.

I have so much to be grateful for this year and I know 2008 will be filled with lots of magic and miracles. Life keeps getting better and it has every since I have started my spiritual journey as long as I listen to my inner guidance. When I don’t life gets uncomfortable fast enough for me to take notice and make the necessary changes. Those changes take time and practice, but then again I have practiced my old behaviors more than once.

A friend of mine sent me this story sometime ago. It is reminder to me that even my imperfections serve a purpose. Happy new year and may 2008 be filled with peace, happiness and joy.

The Cracked Pot

A water-bearer carries two large pots on a yoke across his shoulders up the hill from the river to his master’s house each day. One has a crack and leaks half its water out each day before arriving at the house. The other pot is perfect and always delivered a full portion of water after the long walk from the river.

Finally, after years of arriving half-empty and feeling guilty, the cracked pot apologized to the water-bearer. It was miserable. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t accomplish what the perfect pot did.”

The water-bearer says, “What do you have to apologize for?”

“After all this time, I still only deliver half my load of water. I make more work for you because of my flaw.”

The man smiled and told the pot. “Take note of all the lovely flowers growing on the side of the path where I carried you. The flowers grew so lovely because of the water you leaked. There are no flowers on the perfect pot’s side.”

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