Monday, December 31, 2012

Peaceful New Year

Although I'm pretty indifferent about Brad Pitt, I love what he says about happiness:

"“This idea of perpetual happiness is crazy and overrated, because those dark moments fuel you for the next bright moments; each one helps you appreciate the other.”

And This:

“I think happiness is overrated, truthfully. I do. I think sometimes you’re happy, sometimes you’re not. There’s too much pressure to be happy. I don’t know. I don’t really give a s–t. I know I will be at times and I know I won’t be at times. Satisfied, at peace, those would be more goals for myself.”

So here we have another New Year's Eve with that pressure to be happy. To get dressed up, go to a swanky party, spend too much money, drink too much booze, eat too much unhealthy food, and wake up on New Year's Day feeling miserable.

I'd prefer to spend my New Year's Eve Brad's way, peaceful—quietly reflecting the events of the past year and contemplating what my aspirations are for 2013. Wake up feeling refreshed. Maybe write some, ski some (so much beautiful, fresh snow surrounding me), touch base with people I love, tell my husband he's the best (because he really is).

Will I be happy all of 2013? Highly doubtful. Will I be at peace, as I strive to be honest with myself and others; try to do the right thing; give whenever the opportunity arises; follow my dreams; help where I can; be grateful always for my amazing life. If I make those aspirations reality, even during times of unhappiness, I will have peace because I am living by my ideals.

So instead of saying "Happy New Year" I'm going with, "Peaceful New Year."   

May You Find Peace. 


  1. So true!! I am celebrating the same way! I got some writing done today, did a little online shopping, and staying safe at home. My best wishes for the New Year is may you have a most interesting and relaxing New Year! :)

  2. "Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." -
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thank you for the Kick Back Moments you share.

  3. Peace we seek but do not always find. Hopefully 2013 will bring a lot of hostile situations to rest. There is always hope!

    May peace be with you in 2013!

  4. My Dear Peggy,

    You have said this beautifully. They are words spoken from the heart and I thank you.

    May the peace that surpasses all understanding accompany you throughout this year.

    Love you.