31 December 2012

the future is bright

31 December 2012


2013 is almost upon us and before another year flies past, i wanted to take a moment to reflect. 

our world, our nation, our communities, and our personal lives have been hit with tragedies this past year. while we need time to heal, i take comfort in the loving kindness people have shown each other. 

empathy is one of the most powerful gifts we have - it calls us to action, prompts us to give of ourselves, to cry with others, to show support and solidarity. when i am utterly overwhelmed by violence and hate in this world, i am reminded how much love there is too. quiet love like strangers praying for each other, sending cards and gifts. what else can you call it but love?

it inspires me to show more patience and kindness with my own family and friends, with strangers. i think of days when my heart was heavy and how a stranger showed me a small kindness that meant so much. it's been a smile when i needed to see a friendly face. it's been an anonymous card in the gym reminding me that weight is just a number. it's been prayers from people i've never met. 

"be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - ian maclaren

we are all bound together by the simple fact that we live in this world together. the realization of that fact has the power to reach across countries, across religions, and brings us all a little closer. 

13 comments:

Alex said...

Such a beautiful post Ashley. Happy new year love!

Betsy Transatlantically said...

lovely - thank you for this. empathy is SO important in the hard times, and I love that someone I've never met, someone far away, can remind me of this. (yay for blogging! happy new year :)

Christine Dovey said...

Such a beautiful post Ashley- thanks for sharing- xoxo

Susan said...

What a perfect way to end a year and start a new one. Thanks for this Ashley! Happy New Year girl!

Viviana Norden said...

Happy new year's eve, ashley!! 2013 will be an amazing year!

Annie said...

As the commenters before me have said, this is a really beautiful post Miss ANC. There is surely no other word for what it is than love. Love is everything. And love is equally as powerful when it comes large scale from people in our lives who are closest to us as it is in small doses from strangers bestowing kindness our way. That's perhaps what makes it so incredible.

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

This is really beautiful Ashley. Thank you for reminding me the importance of kindness! xoxo

Zé Pedro Rodrigues said...

Hello Catherine, with this text reflection gave us discover a little more of himself, and starting this text can Diser that you should be a person fantastic, super fun, and passionate about life, that no matter how bad acontessa always keeps the posture lçado see another side of life good!
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diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

lovely words for the new year, my dear. well said. happy 2013! hope to see you soon :)

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

Beautiful words, Ash! Cheers to a fabulous 2013. xo
Isn’t That Charming.

Jillian Manesh said...

happy new years and what a beautiful post :) xo

Taylor said...

this is such a great post :) and I love that quote. very well said.

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Beinn Eighe said...

“be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - ian maclaren”
I like your article and specially the quote. You have such a nice heart to advice us with such a nice way. Keep it up girl.

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