The first day of 2009

 Paulette in the snow


 Happy New Year to you!

The rain is melting the layers of snow and ice and I sip my first latte of the day, surrounded by my three indoor babes—two corgis and my cat.

This is the day I do a little of everything I want in my life, and in this year. I am the list queen, and I relish the time to make my lists—for clarity, and then for letting go of. Intentions. I take the time to create the possibilities for my year ahead. I must have determination mixed with serendipity, intention mixed with spontaneity, and discipline mixed with releasing. And now I start my day.

Do you have dance intentions for the new year? I wrote about this in January’s enewsletter which should be out in a few days. We make intentions in dance class, and then dance them to the universe. Do you have any to share? I invite you to write your comments below!


I have two quotes to share today, one short and one long.

Henry Miller, another of my heroes, said,

“Develop interest in life as you see it…the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people.”

My mother sent this one to me. You may have read it going around on the internet. It is so poignant, and the story makes me weepy, but I feel it is good to remember what is important, and it helps to keep things in perspective.

 “Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

         Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, “I love you, and I wish you enough.”

         The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.

          They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

         “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”.

          “I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.

         “When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

         She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.” Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

 I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

 I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

 I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

 I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

 I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

 I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

 I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

          She then began to cry and walked away.

          They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them”.


Take time to live. May we all be beautiful, succulent, and wild!

May you have a fruitful and prosperous new year full of love and laughter, and of course, much dance and music. And may we dance and live with intention.

I wish you enough…




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