As the new year approaches, many of us will take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is a time to allow old, outdated parts of ourselves ebb away, and to create space for new parts to gather strength and issue forth.
I like the description of this process written by Laura Resau in her story “Bees Born of Tears” (published in the anthology Mexico, A Love Story, edited by Camille Cusumano):
I imagine each of us with our own cave of candles, parts of ourselves burning down to wax ponds, dying, other parts of us just beginning, the candles freshly lit.
Which freshly lit flames will illuminate your journey this coming year? And which barely flickering fires will you honour as they burn out?
Each fresh or fading flame is cause for celebration, linked as it is to the larger cycle of life, death and rebirth within both ourselves and the world around us.
This new year, honour all the candles in your life — the new and the old, the strong and the weak, those lit by your hand and those lit by circumstance, those long burned out and those still to come.
Best wishes for a bright 2015.