New Year, New Life

FRESH NEW YEAR 2015 BANNER

Ahh it’s January all over again. There’s that spring of hope for new beginnings and yet, that small seed of doubt if I’ll be able to keep the promises for the new year…

I think, however, the doubt is healthy! It reminds me of my own power, responsibility and free will to transform my life and that what determines my success is within me. So January 2015 at Trace Blog will be all about creating that fresh slate.

* FRESH PAINT *

* FRESH DESIGN FACES *


In keeping with this month’s theme, I think Brazilian poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, said it best in his famous poem. So I leave you with his words and wish you a spectacular 2015!

NEW YEAR’S RECIPE 

“If you want to have a beautiful New Year
The color of the rainbow or the color of your peace,
A New Year beyond comparing to all the time you’ve already lived,
(lived badly perhaps or senselessly)
If you want to have a year
Not freshly painted with everything back on the right track,
But new in the feelings of coming to be;
New
Down to the heart of the things you are least aware of
(to begin with what’s inside you)
New, spontaneous, you don’t find it to be so perfect,
But with it you eat, you walk,
You love, you understand, you work.
You don’t need to drink champagne or any other drink,
You don’t need to go on visits or receive cards
(You plan to receive cards?
Send telegrams?)

You don’t need
To make a list of good resolutions
To file in your bureau drawer.
You don’t need to cry with regret
Over foolish things you’ve already done
Or to half believe
That by the decree of hope
From January onward things will change
And everything will be brightness, reward,
Justice among men and nations
Freedom with the fragrance and taste of morning bread,
Your rights being respected, beginning
With the sacred right to live.

To have a New Year
Which deserves that name
You, my friend, have to deserve it,
You have to make it new, I know that it’s not easy,
But try, experiment, be conscious.
It’s inside of you that the New Year
Has always been dormant and waiting.” 


Now the original in Portuguese:

RECEITA DE ANO NOVO

“Para você ganhar belíssimo Ano Novo 
cor do arco-íris, ou da cor da sua paz, 
Ano Novo sem comparação com todo o tempo já vivido 
(mal vivido talvez ou sem sentido) 
para você ganhar um ano 
não apenas pintado de novo, remendado às carreiras, 
mas novo nas sementinhas do vir-a-ser; 
novo 
até no coração das coisas menos percebidas 
(a começar pelo seu interior) 
novo, espontâneo, que de tão perfeito nem se nota, 
mas com ele se come, se passeia, 
se ama, se compreende, se trabalha, 
você não precisa beber champanha ou qualquer outra birita, 
não precisa expedir nem receber mensagens 
(planta recebe mensagens? 
passa telegramas?) 

Não precisa 
fazer lista de boas intenções 
para arquivá-las na gaveta. 
Não precisa chorar arrependido 
pelas besteiras consumadas 
nem parvamente acreditar 
que por decreto de esperança 
a partir de janeiro as coisas mudem 
e seja tudo claridade, recompensa, 
justiça entre os homens e as nações, 
liberdade com cheiro e gosto de pão matinal, 
direitos respeitados, começando 
pelo direito augusto de viver. 

Para ganhar um Ano Novo 
que mereça este nome, 
você, meu caro, tem de merecê-lo, 
tem de fazê-lo novo, eu sei que não é fácil, 
mas tente, experimente, consciente. 
É dentro de você que o Ano Novo 
cochila e espera desde sempre.”

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