Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Celebrate Your Life! ... Dreams do come true

Photo by: John P. Ford
Nashville Skyline


Quotes from the writings of Anais Nin...

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.

The New Year is a time to celebrate life and to let go of the old and to rewrite any of our chosen scripts needing a revision. Now is one time to invite into our lives the NEW and the revised!

I believe we are stonger in connection so I am offering a small connection today. The dreams we are holding tight can be set free through our actions and our intentions. I am dreaming of a more organized environment, a revised budget I stick too and a healthier lifestyle!

I would love your thoughts and reflections on the New Year and what dreams are forming or coming together for you for 2009. What do you want to write in your Life's book?


Anonymous said...

What an inspiring post. There are so many hopes I feel I have for the new year, and yet sometimes it is hard to identify what is really in my heart. "Invite ...the NEW and revised" I like that. I will be pondering today what I am dreaming of for my future. At least I know I want to continue trying to write:). That and maybe getting the laundry done more often:).

Shadow said...

i'd like to continue in the direction my life is currently on. i would, however, like to learn the art of letting go. as you so nicely put here.... letting out the old, letting in the new. that's perfect just as it is. happy new year dear linda s

steveroni said...

Linda, I'd like to go back to where I was about three months ago. (This is 'gut' honesty, Linda--really should not dump it on you--don't even know why I am). Since three months ago, I feel myself slipping inch-by-inch, not into a drinking mode, but in thinking.

I'm beginning to allow others to rule my thoughts, and therefore my happiness...HECK, I've gotta go talk to my SPONSOR.


George said...

Before reading your posting Linda, I was just going to let one door close on 2008 and nonchalantly open the next one tomorrow.

Sure, I have the same views as everyone else of forgetting about what didn’t workout. Then dumping the next year’s unrealized desires and aspirations then giving it our best shot while hoping for the best.

As the months tear away from the calendar on the wall I need to live a healthier lifestyle to survive as us all. Our fragile world and lives makes it important that the environment is kept upfront in everyone consciousness.

The world’s needs are for the new elected man in charge that will be taking office in January start out by representing us the people and doing what he says. Alternative energies and all the other hopeful speeches he made. Not another one to lead to shame, discuss and disappointments.

But I did discover blogging though in November, when I was used to the sanitized forums and websites. I do like this better I feel there is a closer connection, still feeling relatively safe.

I am hoping to develop more memorable writings and by learning from those with the appreciation and don’t mind giving me pointers.

Now Linda, that you had got me thinking about it the chronological list has just gotten to long to list now, so I’ll just end it here, besides it will probably be a lot like everyone else’s.

So for all of you with your list ready to go, I really hope it all comes to pass the way you want. It will sure give mine a better fighting chance.

Thanks Linda, for the thought provoking post.

Linda S. Socha said...

Hello H.G. Welcome.
I understand the laundry ongoing quest for me.Love your writing.

Welcome. Thank you for your comments. Sometimes letting go can be an ongoing process? At least it is for me.
I invited comments! Yours are welcome here. It sounds like you have the issue identified.. I don't know what works for you but sometimes I can shift my attitude by going to the mirror saying hello Linda and let it go ( It is ok if you laugh) and sometimes I can talk, pray or put on a kettle of boiling oranges, cinnamon and lemmons. I have developed a personal belief that is the air smells good things cannot be all bad...I don't know what works for you but nothing works for any of us all the time and some things will work for a little while for all of us? Sometimes a little bit of good time is all that is needed?

Linda S. Socha said...

I love your writing...what you had to say and how you said it. Thanks so much for the comment! You are apopreciated here.

Ezekiel Barzillai Smythe said...

Hey there Linda, love the idea of your post. I am going to begin furthering my education again on Jan. 5th after a lot of anxiety about it. It took me a long time to work myself into a frame of mind where it's possible, but I'm going to give it the old "college try" and pursue my goals. I would love to publish a book some day, and this is a step in that direction, I think.

Wishing you the best in all that you pursue, Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend!


Very nice post and some good time for reflection. What a beautiful cityscape picture. In 2002 we went downtown to my wifes work up on her roof and watched the fireworks for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. It was beautiful. There were like 7 or 8 spots throughout the valley that the display was lit up along the Wasatch Front simultaneously. We got to see them all from this vantage point. Totally awesome.
I am working on my exercise this year. (doctors orders.) I am hoping to keep my focus and perspective. As you already know I am somewhat sick. Some people have a difficult time keeping their mental faculties. It kind of washes away like grains of sand on a beach. The ebbing tide taketh away. I notice it sometimes and I will it to go away. I don't know if it's working. And to just be and spend my time with my family. Those things I hope for.
Wish you all your hopes and dreams this year.

Michael said...

I have spoken briefly about my resolutions in one of my posts. The way you phrased your ending question reminded me of my thoughts on 2008. I think that was all I wanted to put in my life's book. It's time to look onwards into the future!

Happy New Year, Linda!


Anonymous said...

Linda my friend, u are so inspiring for all of us!! Thank you for the wonderful post! :) I want to wish u and yours a beautiful New Year!!!!! may it be filled with joy, peace, and great success!!!
your friend,
Julian :)

Cynthia said...

Hello Linda, and a very Happy
New Year to you!

I adore Anais and her dream quote
is one I'll have to commit to
memory. Thank you.

For me this year is dedicated to
inviting someone special into my
life for the long run.
To becoming spiritually dedicated
to my career.
To manage my finances and to
go to Paris, first class.

christopher said...

Turn Honesty Into Art

The way this thing goes,
This poetry thing happened
And now I'm in vows
Like my man Hafiz
To turn honesty to art
Before the Lord, you,
All of you, spirit
Moving across my heart bones,
I turn in my grave.

Digging myself out
Or maybe digging me in,
Deeper into God.

vixen kitten said...

I loved these inspiring words, Sweetie. Thank you for them.

All my best for your wishes for this coming year. May it be beautiful for all of us.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Linda. Your invite is on its way....Late i know but im sorry.

Wishing you lots of love and joy in 2009 :)

bastcrystal said...

Thank you Linda for the inspiring words. I love your blog spot. Your poetry and thoughtful comments are positive and leave me feeling good for having taken the time to read a bit about you and how you feel. Comments do indeed "create magic".

Writer on Board said...

Wow! What a photo! Thank you, L!

Deb said...

Happy New Year! I plan on celebrating each day - and looking for the positive. I have a sense that 2009 is going to be full of excitement and new adventures. I want to continue working on being mindful of moments. I wish you a year of joy, good health and lots of love - Celebrate the magic.

Leon Basin said...

I most definitely will!!!

Anonymous said...

my life's book is full of aching for a people i have grown so very fond of - what's happening in gaza breaks my heart...

that aside, i love nin's work

June Saville said...

'It is the function of art to renew our perception.'I love that.
It's one of my thoughts for 2009 - to find more quiet times in which to renew my perceptions through good books, paintings, my own writing, and music.
June in Oz

Selchie said...

New years list.. mmm.. to find pleasure in small things. That'll do for a start.

Happy new year.)

the Faerykin said...

Lovely post. I resolve to no longer loan money to my 'friends'. This should be easy to achieve :)

the Faerykin said...

Happy New Year!

Alan said...

The New Year. I used to think get more muscles, make that million, grand plans I never seen through. Now, I wish to maintain my health, spend time with my 17 year old daughter, travel, enjoy the good things I already have. And maybe make that million, long as I can do it in my PJ's from home part-time.
Hey, when are you going to release a few notes with balloons. I would love to include your release on We are up to 29 releases so far!

Lena said...

these were really inspiring quotes :)
i never have special hopes for each coming yeaar. Just living my life giving all i have to make happy people i love :)
In the end i believe that is all that matters :)

Anonymous said...

I loved that second quote about artists giving new meaning to everyday things.

Anyway, I want to be healthier this year & try not to let things get to me as much (I'm easily agitated & end up giving myself panic attacks on the regular). We'll see how that goes.

Michael said...

I've tagged you!

I look forward to reading some interesting answers.


Cherry(: said...

Happy New year.
That was an insipring post.
For the new year I think I'm just gonna stop think about the negative things around me and focus on things that actually matter like my family and friends.

BJ Roan said...

This is a very inspiring post. I believe I would like to make one or two of my dreams come true this year. It will be hard work, but without work and dreams, what is life?

LceeL said...

Anais Nin is a favorite of mine on many different levels. My favorite quote of hers, which speaks to me directly, is: "I am the keeper of fragile things; I have kept, of you, what is indissolvable." She liked to make up her own words, too.

There's got to be a metaphor in there, somewhere. To be able to make up your own words and yet still be understood.

Robert Lau said...

Dear Linda,

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Talented hair stylist is quite a rare
find....worth every penny...and you are right about cutting down on the frequency.

Best regards,

Robert Lau

Christina said...

Happy New Year, Linda. Great post!

Devika said...

Inspirational post, Linda

Dreams -- the real dream of life-- are not supposed to be loses its veracity, i feel


Rainbow dreams said...

Hi Linda, I was so sure I had posted, I do like Anais Nin...
My life's book is a work in progress, full of art and surprise - what I'd love this year is peace, more peace than last, everywhere, and to see and seize opportunities as they appear...

Happy New Year, Katie

Diana M. Raab said...

I love your blog, particularly since you quote my favorite writer, Anais Nin.

You might be interested in my new book, DEAR ANAIS: MY LIFE IN POEMS FOR YOU available on Amazon.

Come visit my blog,

Happy New Year!

Calli said...

What a wonderful space you have here Linda. This is an inspiring post. Love the Nashville skyline image too. I hope to be posting my New Year 2009 thoughts very soon!

Have a beautiful year ahead!

judith ellis said...

That I loved deeply and shared widely. Thank you, Linda, for this post. It's most inspiring.

Prayer Girl said...

I will be doing my once a week volunteering as a pastoral care assistant tomorrow morning at our local hospital. I went to bed more than two hours ago so that I might be well-rested. I am, not asleep yet. So....I'm out and about and visited your blog. I enjoyed reading you.

Thanks for visiting my site. I'm saying "hello".

J. said...

This year I think that I would like to stop trying so hard to guide my journey & make things happen, but instead just be more open to the experiences that life throws my way.

Alan said...

Hi Linda.
If you go to

it is kind of an over view on balloon release. I am going to make a detailed post with step-by-step instructions soon but I will leave a comment on Balloon Release with some info.

Alan said...

Linda, here are the basics.

I take a postpaid postcard, .31 at the PO. On one side I fill out my address, on the other a note reading...

Balloon released from (address) at (time). This is balloon number XX.
If ound please let us know...
by whom-
Join the fun at
e-mail me at

I figure a postpaid card stands a better chance of being answered. You may include my blog and e-mail or not, your choice. I number my balloons and we are up to #30. I would love to log yours on the site, so I suggest coding them Linda-1, Linda-2, Linda-3, etc.

Now, how to send. I wrap the postcard in a piece of paper, bright color if I have it. (The reason being that the one that went 142 miles was bleached white from the sun. Lucky for me the address side was down and they understood the concept. The paper wrapping keeps the ink safe from fading.)
Then I put the paper in a zip-lock baggie for water protection. Seal it firmly. Then I puncture a small hole on the outer edge of plastic so I can tie the balloons without opening the bag to moisture.

I find it sometimes takes two balloons to lift the package. 17" maybe 1, 15" two. I sometimes don't blow them up all the way, as they expand as they rise into lower pressure air, so they go further before popping.

It would be great if you could supply some photos of the release, and the address so I can log them. I won't publish an exact address, just a town or street with a link to Google maps. Then I can post it in the sidebar as Linda's release or releases.

I work at an apartment so we have balloons left over every day. When I bought them before it was about $6.00 per dozen and took three to lift, so four releases.

What part of the world are you in again? I have a few other potential releases happening in Martland and Hong Kong, maybe Oklahoma, Colorado, and Louisiana. This could be interesting.

Any questions e-mail me at or through the blog.


Cherie/ Butterfly Dreamer said...

Happy New Year sweet lady.

Anonymous said...

Words of truth. I'm definitely wanting to rewrite my script this year. Hope 2009 is a good one for you.

Charli said...

I like how you said, "We are stronger in connection." It blows my mind sometimes - this whole blogging-connectedness thing. Read my latest post for a taste of what I really mean.

And happy new now.

Rohn Amegatcher said...

Hi Linda, I finally did make it to your blog. I linked to it and enjoyed your posts very much. Thank you for the depth and inspiration to read your posts and connect to others in this new year. I am new to the blogging experience and I am still learning how to link and connect with people so bear with me. In the next week I plan on learning a whole lot more. Good to meet you and Thank You again for being you...Happy New Year...More later

Allylala said...

Thank you for the lovely comment. I quite enjoyed your poetry. Very lovely blog.

Anonymous said...

I dream of health and happiness. And a world with less pain and destruction.

That Guy said...

Ms. Linda - Hello! I have beena fan of your writings on Psyche Connections for some time now, and I wanted to share it with the bloggerverse that may have not had the pleasure as of yet. I am a friend of Jiggins and that is how I came to know your page. I hope you do not mind that you are my featured blogger for my most recent post! Please stop by and comment and let me know what you think. Thanks again and see you there!

Luke said...

good luck with all of your goals linda. i also hope your health gets better.

i'm hoping to sloooooooow down this year. i often find that i live in other places because i don't slow down and see what's right in front of me. being FULLY present is a very difficult task for me.

love you linda!

Linda S. Socha said...

That Guy
What a lovely thing to do. I very much appreciated the time and thought and the lovely post. I will link with that post soon...Again. THANKS

Linda S. Socha said...

Thank you so much. Please come back any time and visit. Please connect as a follower if that appeals.