|Our backyard garden was filled with many lovely roses last year,|
none more beautiful than this rainbow-colored one.
This is one of my favorite photographs I took in 2014.
We are almost a week into 2015.
Tomorrow is the seventh blank page of a 365-page,
year-long book that each of us will author.
All of us began the New Year last Thursday with a clean slate,
which is a good thing.
Hopefully, each of us will take the time to write a thoughtful book,
be it a memoir or a best-selling novel,
day by day, page by page.
As we look back on 2014, we bid it a fond farewell.
With 2015 coming into clear view, we welcome its challenges.
Remember, the words of Ecclesiastes, who said:
"The race is not to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong."
Life is to be enjoyed day by day,
one day at a time.
Take time for reading, listen to good music,
master a hobby,
talk to good friends -- and listen to them, too.
Here's wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year.
May each of you enjoy cheers, love and peace on Earth
in the New Year ahead.
Photograph by Michael Dickens © 2014.