Every year around the holidays, we publish blessings and benedictions in keeping with the spirit of the day, whether Thanksgiving or New Year. We’re wondering why not have benedictions for ordinary days like this one in the quiet of summer, midway through the year?
Neil Gaiman’s blessing holds wishes to bestow on those we love at ANY time of year. It is as wonderful to hear as to read:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously. I hope you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked and you will have people to love and to like in return. And most importantly, because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now – I hope that you will, when you need to be, be wise and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself.
Seeing that every day begins a new year, we continue, refreshed, into the year ahead…