Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Beginnings

A new day has risen in another new year. And while everyone is probably still sleeping and resting from last night, I thought I'd write a couple of words about what a fresh start can mean in our lives. 

It is  nice to think of the new year as a clean slate, a time span where no mistakes have been made, no wrongs have been done, and simply everything is possible. It's quite uplifting to think about life this way, and I guess that's probably the reason why resolutions for a better life are being made right now.

Though, it's arguable that there are no real beginnings so to speak. Life does go on, and the past can't simply be erased. Then again, the promise of something better can help you swallow past mistakes. Ends of things are easily recognizable, while beginnings can creep up on you, without you knowing that something new is starting to form.

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Some beginnings are constant. And there is a calm in knowing that nature will rise again, and everything will be reborn.


Other times, certain things linger, long after the end has come.


Here is a lonely vineyard, waiting for the return of spring, hopeful of the change that will transform it to it's full capacity.


So let's start fresh, set new goals, dream big, but also never forget: It's about the journey, not the destination.

51 comments:

  1. and for me at age 69 and my husband at 77, each day is a gift and a new beginning, and we need to enjoy and be happy as we have a much shorter journey to the final destination...live, love and be happy and most of all be content with what we have....

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    1. I hope you and your husband will live many many years happy and in love!

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  2. Let us hope for not a fresh start but an improvement on what has gone before.

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  3. Wonderfully put my friend -- and an important piece of new beginnings is forgiving ourselves for past indiscretions so that we may move forward in a new and cleansing light.

    Wishing you the very best that 2014 has to offer. xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy for your support. Take care!

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  4. Lovely images and suggestion, Mersad! Wishing you all the best in 2014!!

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    1. I wish you all the best too.

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  5. Good thoughts, and some of your visitors have definitely been inspired by your word. Yes, a new beginning is possible, despite errors of the past and the possibilities are endless for positive action. Hope that 2014 is very good to you!!

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    1. I wish you a fruitful year ahead Kate!

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  6. Well said and beautiful shots! Happy New Year!

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  7. A fresh start in 2014 sounds nice. Happy New Year from An Arkie's Musings

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    1. Thanks for visiting Richard.

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  8. i think any ending is just a new bvginning

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  9. Ah, yes, at my age every new year/day is indeed a gift. Live, love and be happy are definitely the plan for the new year!! Great post for the new year as always, Mersad!! Enjoy!!
    Sylvia

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sylvia.

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  10. Wise words for a new year!

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  11. Those are very beautiful shots! Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  12. Such lovely colors in the vineyard shot. Happy New Year, Mersad.

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  13. Nicely said, Mersad; and Happy New Year.

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  14. Very insightful post and beautiful photography ~ thanks for visiting ~ Happy New Year ~ carol, xxx

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  15. Beautiful photographs and very inspiring, Mersad!

    I wish you a Happy New Year. May it will be the best year for you ever!

    Best wishes from Kaya

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  16. Love the images you have chosen to illustrate your words, Mersad. Very inspirational. Happy New year to you.

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  17. Lovely thoughts for the beginning of a new year! May your dreams and hopes be realized this year, Mersad!

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    1. Thanks for your nice wishes.

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  18. Great post Mersad.
    Beautiful photos and great thoughts.
    Wishing you all the very best in 2014.

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  19. Oh yes...let's start..nach vorne schauen und nicht zurück ;-)

    Wirklich schöne Gedanken und Fotos dazu.

    Nochmals ein Frohes Neues Jahr und alles Liebe und Gute für dich in 2014

    Liebe Grüssle

    Nova

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  20. Lovely images, Mersad, and your thoughts on the new year, new beginnings, are spot on.
    I'm looking forward to it all...

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  21. Well said Mersad. Happy new year from my country, the Philippines, to yours.

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  22. Still, I LIKE the new beginnings, even if, as you say, it's a continuum!
    Happy New Year
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  23. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings. ;)

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    1. I am looking forward too actually! :D

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  24. Lovely pictures natuur for begin the new year, best for 2014

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