Every New Year, we hear a lot of, "This is going to be best year yet, filled with ease and abundance." Affirmations are good, but I've started to think that this sort of perspective sets us up for disappointment.
Every year comes with a lot of joy and a lot of pain. This one may be slightly better or worse than the last, but true contentment won't come from just ease and abundance (though I wish us all lots of both). True contentment, I believe, will come from acceptance of the way things truly are, most importantly, rejoicing in the hardships that will ALWAYS be there -- loving the nasty paddle-out as much as the blissful wave, the burn of the climb as much as the mountaintop.
The tide rises and falls. The sky darkens before the sun rises. Opposites make our external and internal world. I forget this all the time myself, but from my experience in those rare moments, it's in opening my heart big enough to see the beauty of light and dark together that I can stop wishing simply for ease and start living full.
Here's to a beautiful and full-hearted New Year!