New Year's Day 2007 Ruth Arcand Park

We started the New Year at midnight with friends, standing on our deck and watching firework displays all over Anchorage. Paul found some noise makers in the garage, and he and Jim popped them off into the snow. This afternoon we took a quiet walk, just us, in a park near our house. We talked about resolutions and I think mine from last year are still something to strive for. Paul's is: Say yes to walkies. Sort of like my 'move more' but with a little more panache. Thankfully we're thinking along the same lines. I'm also thinking about how I can help make our world more peaceful. In looking for a peace poem to post, I found one that is both a prayer and an addition to my resolution list.

The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, union.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

We wish you for a happy, healthy, peaceful New Year!