I am so happy to repost this prayer from my friend Robyn Harrison, who generously agreed to let me share this poignant poem she wrote several years ago. The gorgeous photograph above is one of hers as well. She says she pulls this poem out each year, dusts it off, changes the date, and reads it again. The message is indeed timeless, and the idea of writing yourself a song is so beautiful…beautiful, as you are.
A Song To Myself ~ New Year Prayer
What will the new year bring for me?
For those who touch me?
What will this nation and the world endure?
What will we all look like and sound like when it is done?
I stand in the open doorway,
bowing to what was, what is, and what will be.
I embrace the honor of living the mystery of this next year.
As I meet every challenge every pain and every joy may I —
Remember to appreciate the good – to see and to recognize and celebrate the inherent beauty of life.
Be always cognizant of the great privilege and responsibility of living.
May I at all times show compassion and respect for myself and for all others.
May I be mindful of the Earth and all that dwells here.
May I choose my words carefully, remembering the damage they can cause.
May I always find the time and the strength to be quiet
to be still and to listen.
May I choose kind acts rather than angry gestures.
May I daily reach within myself to claim the goodness that is born there.
May I strive to be wise and thoughtful in all things.
May I not want more than I truly need
and with my surplus may I be generous.
May I be equally attentive to the needs of my physical being as to those of my consciousness.
May I learn to make a joyful noise.
At the close of every day may I comfortably own my every deed.
And when I am bowing at the portal of the new year next —
if that is my destiny — may I find that I have grown
positively and illuminated faithfully
my own unique light
upon my modest space in the universe.
Photo credit: Colorful city bench by Robyn Harrison
Robyn Harrison is a photographer and poet. Having spent most of her life battling mental illness, she found her balance and her voice while living on the beach in the Outer Banks of NC. Moving across state to the mountains, she now joyfully resides in Asheville, NC. She designed her own greeting card line which combines her short verse poetry with her photography, with net profits donated to help those struggling with mental health issues in the Western North Carolina area.