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Saying Goodbye to 2013: I’m Not Really Sad to See You Go!

The Art of Letting Go

“It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Good-bye.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what’s next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.  The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
-Agnes de Mille




Once every year
We look back. We look forward.
Ask, how did we do?
-New Year Haiku, Written by me

I love writing Haiku’s.  At a recent High School Girl’s Retreat, we spent time writing haiku’s about light and darkness. The small poems left a big impression on my heart. I’ll be sharing those over the next few weeks.

I’ll be honest (and I never want to be anything else with you), I’m not sad to say goodbye to 2013. Without a doubt, it was quite possibly one of the hardest years of my life (and I’ve had some hard ones, as I’m sure you have, too). I haven’t written about a lot of it, because I just couldn’t find the words or the energy to process the shadowy corners of my heart. One thing is certain: I made it through the valley and am now able to see the deep life lessons God had for me. Oh, I didn’t have a clue at the time, because the dark was so dark, but now, as the light of hindsight begins to glow, I am seeing and hearing from God. He had work to do in my heart and in my life and for that, I am grateful. So, as I bid that deep, dark valley adieu, I am not sad. I am open and eager and expectant for 2014′s work to begin.

But, today, on the very first day of 2014, let me encourage you to take just a few minutes to haiku about your desires for this brand new year.

I’ll get us started:

A clean slate awaits.
What will be written on it?
My heart seeks fresh starts.
-January 1, 2014


Goodbye to harsh winds
that tussled my heart and soul.
Leaving me breathless.
-An Ode to a Deep Valley

Hello soft breezes
that revive, renew, restore.
Leaving me hopeful.
-An Ode to Revival


Okay, grab a pen and paper. Please share your insightful haiku’s with us. They are a powerful way of reflecting and envisioning. I am ready and waiting!

And remember, this is a no-judgement zone. I feel so much better after writing these little poetic messages. I bet you will, too!

4 Responses to “Saying Goodbye to 2013: I’m Not Really Sad to See You Go!”

  1. Mildred Schoedler

    Yes, you are REMARKABLE, with a Capital “R”. How could any Mother Be more PROUD of a daughter than I am of you, and so much LOVE To go with it. Oh happy day for me to have you!!!!


    Sent from my iPad

    • janellrardon

      Oh sweet Momma!
      Thank you for believing in me. We’re saying goodbye to 2013 and
      HELLO 2014! It’s gonna be good. Make sure to write your HAIKU and share it
      here! We are all waiting to read it.

  2. Jody

    2014 is here
    Less fear, more faith
    Less frantic, more fun
    Less fuss, more love
    Less laws, rules, “have to”, more choose to

    • janellrardon

      Jody, this is so insightful, so intentional.
      I am writing this one in my journal for 2014.
      Yes, Lord, lead us to the freedom that you gave your life for us to have.
      Why do we become so entangled with fear, frantic, fuss?
      Help us.
      More, Jody, more! Thank you for sharing your heart with us.


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