Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All's Well That Ends Well

My Mind Today 

As open as I try to be to new things and happy accidents, I have always been and will likely remain a creature of habit, slave to symbolic gestures and rituals. As one year ends and a new one is soon to begin, in spite of many other obligations and distractions that demand my attention, today my mind can’t help but dwell on how the past twelve months brought me to where I now am, gazing out a large window as snow falls on an empty street in a small city in Vermont. This time last year, my former city of residence Somerville was buried under 18 inches of snow. As the city was digging itself out, I was writing a blog post in review of what had proven to be a year of courage and defeat, challenge and reward, and resolving that, as far as I had come in the process of digging myself out from under my own metaphoric frozen burden in 2010, in every aspect of my life, 2011 would be even better. 2011 was indeed better, a long journey on roads not always clear or smooth but somehow bringing me to exactly where I needed to be.  In spite of numerous obstacles, both internal and external, I saw both my photographic and crocheted work displayed, admired and even acquired. I saw the musings I was so bold as to commit in writing to this public space not only find a loyal readership, but at times inspire great sympathy and support, connecting me with beautiful minds and spirits in faroff places. Meantime, I had the continued sustaining love of my nearest and dearest friends and family. I am happy and grateful beyond measure that my words found a home in your hearts, and that my work found its way into your homes. And here I am at year’s end in an entirely new place that was waiting to embrace me with a greater sense of inner peace and belonging than I have felt in too many years, sensing even better things to come. I have no specific plans as yet for 2012, except to say that there are already signs it will be full of opportunities for unprecedented personal and professional fulfillment, which I hope to begin sharing with you as early as next week! Until then, especially to those of you who had some hard times in 2011, I wish you and yours health and happiness in 2012. The best is yet to come.


    All's Well that Ends Well

 

26 comments:

  1. A beautiful post as always. I love the juxtaposition of your words and your photos. And to someone for whom snow is rarely seen, these shots are glorious.
    Wishing a very happy new year to you and yours, both personally and professionally.

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  2. EC - you've been such a great part of what made this past year special and memorable. Your images of your own unique landscape, flora and fauna have been such a delight, and all that you've shared about your struggles and triumphs with such good grace and humor - "inspiring" just doesn't cover it! Many thanks.

    I hope to have many more snowy images. We've been spared thus far, and I expect when true winter hits it will hit hard and hold on well into what ought to be early spring! I'll try to look upon it as photographic material and a treat for you - and not cause for an extended whinge!

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  3. gabriella, all of the best in this new home with these new and mysterious endeavors and on into this new year. each new year opens up its mysteries to us. it is up to us to open ourselves to the mysteries. i think you do this beautifully.

    xo
    erin

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  4. Hi Gabriella I can remember your post last year with so much snow... Well I like the way you describe your live and choise, i have had a similar happening this year you know... I wish you that you are always well and happy, and well inspired for your work, i'm courious about your new works ... Wish you a beautifull 2012

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  5. Hi Gabriella, love this post. Have a great 2012!

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  6. Dear Erin, you are one of those beautiful souls whose generosity of spirit I am grateful to Blogger for giving me the chance to experience. What you share online is at times almost unbearable in its intimate truth and fierce beauty. A great example to us all when we have our moments of feeling less than eager or willing to remain open to life - for which I thank you! All the best to you in 2012!

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  7. Laura, thank you for remembering last year's post! Can it really be a year already? And in spite of all that has passed, we have both survived to tell the story! I can't wait to see what works you create next! Much love to you.

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  8. Luis! I am looking forward to another year of your magnificent images! I can never grow tired of how you see the world around you. Many thanks for letting me see it through your eyes.

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  9. Seems heavy snow ! Great year of photography!

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  10. Wong, if you think this is heavy snow, just wait a few weeks! Much more on the way...

    You have also had a great year of photography - and I wish you another one even better!

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  11. Those photos, so peaceful, so much a place where one can breathe deep and let thoughts flow.

    Thanks Gabriella for your sweet wishes and for writing your wonderful posts, i wish you a new year full of wonderful surprises, great photos and adventures(big and small ones), love and xx

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  12. Thank you Renilde! These photos do not lie - this is indeed a place with a lot of room for deep breathing and flowing thoughts! All that you wish for me, I wish for you as well. Happy New Year!

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  13. A warm light in a cold world. What an apt symbol ... for you. Thank you Gabriella for giving of yourself so generously to us.

    Warmest and best wishes for your Spring in Vermont.

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  14. TT/G and what a journey it has been for you - but I love the serenity and hopefulness in this post. Serenity knowing that you have arrived at a nurturing destination in many ways; and hopeful in being open to what 2012 offers in that place. May 2012 be a creative and peace-filled time for you and B. Go well. B

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  15. Hi G/TT - even tho its the end of the year, it feels so much like a new beginning. There is so much gentleness in the photographs from Vermont that it just feels right and special. Best to you and B for 2012 - may it shine for you, F

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  16. How good of you to understand what it was about that image that prompted me to capture and then share it, Harry! I like your words better for its caption!

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  17. Fiona - the New Year holiday has always seemed a bit strange and arbitrary to me. It seems any midnight we choose (or which chooses us) could just as easily mark the end that leads to a new beginning! So I think the dividing line between 2011 and 2012 will be a bit of an antic-climax for me! Bigger changes have already occurred - and are still to come. All the best to you and B.

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  18. Barry - I do feel a lot more serene and nurtured lately, thanks for noticing! Trading the stress and crowding of city life for this much calmer, prettier setting has already had palpable positive results. I can't imagine what I'd be like if I made the ultimate move to a cabin in the woods with only wildlife and tree song for company!

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  19. carissima,
    that good words ... are heartwarming!
    I very glad to know that you're feeling so well received; and listen from you that 'better days will come' reinforced my hopes ...

    all happiness to you!
    thanks for the confidence, support and friendship!
    will be uncontrollably creative in 2012! :)

    Buon Anno!!
    baci

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  20. Denise, I am happy to send my positive feelings to you - I have enough for both of us for 2012 and beyond! I LOVE the words "uncontrollably creative!" Yes!

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  21. Happy New Year, G!!
    Your images are beautiful and I'm happy to read that you're in a good place... in both body and mind.

    inspiring as always!!

    D.

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  22. Happy New Year to you too, D! Glad you liked the images. Here's to creative recognition and reward in 2012!

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  23. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mind!!
    Hugs from Athens!!!!

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  24. Hugs from Rutland! I thank you for all you've shared in the past year and look forward to the great things you will do in 2012!

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  25. Dear Gabriella,
    so good to be on your blog again and so sorry that i have missed your birthday.
    Your posts are as heartwarming as the light on the second photo. This photo especially is like a dreamlike beautyful place. So good to know it isn't a dream but reality and all the photo's from your new home have this warm feeling. So happy that this new place embraces you, I can feel it in your words and photo's.
    Sorry for being absent the last 3 months but happy to continue reading your wonderful blog.
    Perhaps you have noticed that i have put me and the warrior glove again as profile picture. Gives me strength and trust.
    Thanks for being you.
    Hugs and kisses, Monica

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  26. Dearest Momo - I have missed you these past few months, but understand that sometimes life takes precedence over Blogger! I'm honored that you are using the Warrior photo in your profile!

    Thank you for noticing the warm welcoming feeling in my photos - it's nice that they captured exactly how it feels here and that you could sense it - this really is a dreamlike place, even though I am fully aware of the less beautiful realities of life in a small city that like so many lately has had some hard economic times...still I could not be happier to live here!

    All the best to you.

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