Glückliches Neues Jahr! Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013.  Tom and I went for a walk earlier this afternoon and I made the open-ended comment, “I wonder what this year will bring.”  So many possibilities and so many unknowns, regardless of how much you plan.

We are ringing in the new year in Switzerland and I’ll post more about that when we get home to Paris and I can load photos onto my laptop.  But we were fortunate to spend New Year’s Eve at Michael and Jess’ apartment in the small village of Hunenberg.  Although we were all tempted with a variety of New Year’s Eve activities like joining 200,000 others in Zurich for their fireworks, in the end we all decided to stay put.  And what an unexpected time it was!  We had a small meal of Swiss fondue and salad, a fire going, card games, knitting, and making snowboard adjustments.  And we helped the slowly moving clocks inch their way toward midnight by Facetiming with family and friends.

About 10 minutes before 12, the church bells started to chime.  In every direction.  And the closer we got to midnight, the more bells began to peal.  It was SO COOL.  There had been a few fireworks going during the evening from a variety of places near and far.  But at midnight the bells went quiet for what we think was about a minute and then they all started ringing again, this time accompanied by fireworks everywhere, including in the little church yard about 50 meters from our balcony.  And these were not your average snake and glow worm fireworks.  They were impressive!  We toasted with champagne, the kids jumped on their bubble wrap (thank goodness some people had sent Christmas packages lined with bubble wrap!) and when the fireworks wrapped up about 20 minutes later, those in the church yard sent up paper sky lanterns…one…then a second…then a third.  It. was. beautiful.  And with that, 2012 came to a close.

Yesterday on the train from Luzern back to Hunenberg, we talked resolutions.  There wasn’t much mojo behind the conversation.  Felt  a little forced, in fact.  Then I  realized resolutions tend to be about setting goals and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.  And to be totally honest, I don’t think we can imagine living further outside the comfort zone at this point in our lives.  It’s no wonder the idea of creating a list of “What do we want to accomplish this year?” resolutions was followed by a feeling of, “Are you kidding me??”

Don’t get me wrong. We have all sorts of improvements we can always be making as individuals and as a family.   No doubt about that.  But big goals for the year?  Nope.  I think we’ve had our fill.

For me, I tend to spend a lot of time in the long-term….planning, planning, planning.  Great asset but it can, at times, keep me from enjoying the daily moments.  So that’s where my focus is going to be this year.

Does anyone else have the picture book, The Three Questions based on a story by Leo Tolstoy?  It’s a favorite in our home and a story that is quoted frequently.  The young boy, Nikolai, has gone to the wise turtle, Leo, to get the answers to these three questions:  When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” Leo doesn’t answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai’s visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.  I don’t want to spoil the end but the answers to those questions are going to help me in my quest to enjoy each day to the fullest in 2013.

I wish the same for each of you.

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5 thoughts on “Glückliches Neues Jahr! Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

  1. Colleen Hartman

    Your folks just left after spending NYE with us and18 others from our almost 10 years ago trip to Hawaii. We had a wonderful turnout . One came without husband as he had a severe case of the flu. Her elderly mother had passed on Christmas Eve and Nancy decided that she needed the night out!!There was a bountiful buffet of snack type food ( amazing… all low calorie:>)) and then we played LRC until midnight. Usually this group is on its way home by 11:30 but it was more like 12:30 this year.The festivities in Switzerland put our night to shame! What another glorious adventure for you! I’m going to look up that book as I’m not familiar with it. Travel safely home. I haven’t answered some of your last posts but have read them all. The first week of the New Year for us is very busy. Never enjoy the dismanteling of the house but it must be done…..starting tomorrow. :>) I think we will all need naps this afternoon.! I love the quote from Elizabeth that she will be glad to get back to Paris so they can speak French!! Hugs!

  2. I can very much relate to that sense of trying to imagine new goals for resolutions. While you’re in the moment it seems that you’ve done what you set to do, so seeing beyond that is not easy. But it won’t be long after you get home that those new goals will start to spontaneously emerge. All of the sudden some things you never considered suddenly not only seem “possible”, but “necessary”.

    Many of our post “Australian Adventure” conversations at home are around the subject of when we can do our next sabbatical, this time through S.America, Antartica and Africa…and it’s not a conversation about “If”, but “how and when”.

    Still enjoy every blog you post, it brings back so many memories for us about how you perceive your new experiences…and it’s really fanning the flames making us want to travel afar again.

  3. Linda

    A few of us ran the 5 mile, New Year’s Day Dash with the Fleet Feet crew. It was around 12 degrees with no wind. Glad I did it because I have not been running regularly. Steve Myrland’s class is still going strong. Have fun beginning another part of the school year. I wonder how much time your kids are off from school. Our extra two snow days were perfectly timed. May your travels continue to be eventful and safe.

  4. Karen Hoffmeier

    Just love reading your blogs. The ringing of the bells, the fireworks and the balloons all sound so wonderful. Hope you had time to go sledding today. Safe travels back to Paris.

  5. Megan

    Happy New Year, Engels! Looking forward to hearing about Switzerland . We so enjoyed your video Christmas email. What a year it was and what a new year it will be!

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