In the spirit of Dickens “A Christmas Carol” Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts of present, past and future. I love this book and movie, it helps to set perspective on life. Like Scrooge we all have things in life we wish we could have changed, done differently or relationships we lost. As in Scrooge those things can not be changed, however like Mr. Scrooge we can choose to change who we are. He made his future better and those of others; by seeing his heart and that it needed repair. As we sit on the eve of a new year lets endeavour to be more loving, forgiving, restoring broken relationships, gossiping less, seeing the good and therefore improving the world the around us.

So as I sit on the eve of yet another year. Reflecting and make resolutions for a new year; at Winters Wind we have done our reflecting in the blog post “Seasons” and we have made new plans for 2019! I love casting vision and setting goals; to ever change is to grow.

Making the changes here also means heartache. My heart breaks at every leaving of each young adult poodle that I helped whelp and raise. My heart is invested in each one and to say goodbye brings much heart ache and tears. Though I know that each has a loving home, and families that love them and will invest in them. I see a bit of my past dreams leaving home, the hope that I placed on each one. I relate it to my children leaving for college. It is an end and a beginning. End of them as children (thought they are forever my kids) and striding off into a future that includes their own life choices.

I am looking forward to more time with all those in my life; human and animal ;) To going to more shows and performance events. Change can bring us into a place of fresh revelation and new perspective. I know for some people change is scary. I think of the Indian Jones movie where he is after the Holy Grail. He must step out over a canyon, he sees no path yet still steps out in blind faith. The path wasn’t seen but it was still there! Kind of like making life choices!

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” 
― Eckhart Tolle

So if you too are thinking about changes, whether large or small in 2019. Don’t let fear bind your heart. Set your sights on what you want to change and take that first step. You will find that the excitement and joy of exploring something new will have you wondering why you waited so long!

I look forward to seeing my latest puppies entering into the ring. I see great potential in our future and can’t wait to see what this year will bring and end with!

As Tevye sings from Fiddler on the Roof

“To life, to life, L'chai-im!
L'chai-im, l'chai-im, to life!
It gives you something to think about,
Something to drink about,
Drink l'chai-im, to life! l'chai-im ! “

AuthorKaren Winters