As I write this, it’s that time between Christmas, Hanukkah and several other holiday celebrations and New Year’s when many take the time to destress, deprogram, and discern while reviewing 2022 and planning their agenda for 2023. 

For me, it is a time also for giving thanks to all those who have followed me throughout the year, those who have shared my messages with others, and those who have commented on postings sharing their journey. It makes the process of writing so much more enjoyable knowing someone will be touched and/or inspired to change or enrich their lives. 

I was sharing with someone this week that curiosity is an exquisite gift we all possess that brings joy if we allow it. Knowledge is a gift we give ourselves in our endless search to grow.  These are gifts open to each of us if we choose them. Yes, curiosity may get you in trouble and at times may require courage but most of the time it is so worth it. The things we can discover… 

When curiosity causes us to reevaluate our beliefs, perspectives, and viewpoints, we are enriched. When knowledge, through greater exposure to life and the world expands our understanding of topics, or introduces us to things we never would have known (I love the Discovery Channel.) we can come to see how expansive and wondrous our world is.   

Wisdom, however, for me is the greatest gift of all. It deepens our connection to the self and to the Divine. It allows us to step out of a situation so we can see it far more objectively. Sometimes it appears while reviewing our “not best” decisions or actions. Sometimes it shows up through our willingness to own the amazing decisions and leaps of faith we took that catapulted us to places we only dreamed of. 

Always it comes in those times when we choose not to simply go through an experience but to really see it, to really experience it, and to learn about ourselves, about others, and about life from a far deeper, more spiritual, and yes even more pragmatic place. It is in those instances that our wisdom expands us on a spiritual level as we see so much more to this journey than meets the eye. 

In listening to that knowing, we can review this past year as well as create a tentative agenda for next year from a far more inclusive and expanded position. We can make a long-term plan for 2023 or beyond, and a short-term plan for the steps to achieve it knowing however that as the saying goes “Man plans, God laughs.”  It is important to have a dream, a goal in life. It gives us purpose, and a direction. It’s also, in wisdom, important to know that God, the Universe, Nature, whatever your beliefs, may have a far greater or deeper plan for your physical or spiritual growth than you could ever imagine. 

Aim for the stars and give it your all while recognizing that none of us walk alone and if you are redirected, slightly or in an amazingly unexpected way, you are, in wisdom, allowing the journey to unfold from a much larger perspective that calls you to so much more than you could ever could have imagined or planned for.  

Blessings on this New Year’s Day and the adventure you are about to begin!


About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.