A New Year of Peace

Ulysses Butterfly, Australia

On this holiday, one that is shared across the globe, here are a few of earth’s wild and worldly inhabitants to remind us how to find peace.


Enjoy the gifts of food

Purple Finch, California, USA

and water, and help those who do not have it.

Zebra, Zambia, Africa


Take in the glories of nature wherever it appears.

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, Costa Rica, Central America


Practice courage and perseverance,

Lioness and African Buffalo, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

and navigate the dark.

Northern Potoo, Mexico


Paddle through adversity.

Domestic cattle, Belize, Central America


Take time to relax.

Basilisk Lizard, Belize, Central America


Find whimsy

Hippopotamus, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

and be flexible.

Spectacled Flying Fox Bat, Australia


May each day begin with song

Common Yellowthroat, Horicon Marsh, Wisconsin, USA

and dance,

Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Isl., South America

with times when you shine

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Isl., South America

and sparkle.

Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Costa Rica, Central America


Take comfort in your community

Parrolets, Mexico

yet reach out beyond it.

White Rhinos, Kenya, Africa


Demonstrate patience and compassion to the young

Thornicroft giraffe mother with baby, Zambia, Africa

and old.

Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Isl., South America


Embrace these basic elements of life,

and you will have peace and love

every day of the year.

Lambs, California, USA

Thank you, my friends, for another great year of sharing.

Written by Jet Eliot

Photo credit: Athena Alexander


156 thoughts on “A New Year of Peace

  1. Beautiful words and thoughts to start the year … and the photos!! WOW! They are stunning!!

    If only we can hold on to this sentiment for the whole year – to appreciate the magic we see around us each day.

  2. Just come across your site and I love it! Sitting here with a cup of tea, reading your experiences of some of the places I’ve also visited and bringing back lots of happy memories.

  3. What a great perspective to herald in the New Year Jet.

    Last year required so much physical rebuilding around the country (homes etc.). Hopefully, this year we will be able to focus more on rebuilding connections in our communities and families!

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year Jet!

  4. Thank you, Jet, for this marvelous new year reflection – and for all te wonderful posts in 2017. May 2018 bring you all this and more…joy and happiness ❀

    • It has been a joy and a source of peace to post weekly, Helen, and I feel so lucky to have found friends like you and others. Thank you for this warm comment, and my best to you for a new year ahead of healing and growing.

    • I had a quiet holiday season, stayed simple, and joined friends. It was truly lovely. I always like taking part in your adventures, Jo, because you show me a side of the world of which I am not very familiar…I enjoy it. Thank you and cheers to a great new year.

  5. Thank you dear Jet for this beautiful array of Nature’s bounty….what a lovely way to begin the new year. I am thinking of you a great deal as this new year begins…and wish you and yours a year filled with good health, peace and much creativity. Janet πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Steve. It was a lovely menagerie to remember from times past, and fun to create the post for a fresh, new year. Thank you for stopping by, and Happy 2018 to you too.

    • My warmest thanks, Fab Four, for the lovely comment. We had a little bit of breakthrough with the house repairs this week, we actually got an electrician to come out and make an estimate. They are currently hard to come by and booked 8-10 months out due to the massive devastation in the area. So even though it is a teeny step, it is a step. And I think your wish for 2018 to be less troubled might actually happen. My warmest thanks for your support and kind wishes…and a very happy new year to you all.

      • That’s great news, Jet. Your kind and optimistic words bring tears to our eyes. This is a small step, but a step, things are finally moving. Sending you warm greetings and we cross our fingers for a tiny speed increase. xx

  6. I know I’m late to the New Year party, but I do hope 2018 has started off well for you. Stay grounded in your joy and love of the world. It will carry you through. X

    • You are not late to the party, Shannon, for what a pleasure it is to receive this warm and supportive and encouraging message. I take it to heart and will stay grounded, for it is true, I so love life on earth…even wildfires. Deepest thanks.

  7. Never too late to reach you again through your thoughtful New Year post,Jet dear,and leave my best wishes.I do hope that every single day of 2018 will be a happy day for you,Athena and the rest of your family πŸ™‚ Btw,what an origiative post to welcome the new year!Glorious all your nature photos and brillianly connected with our lives!Your concept reminds me of a quote that I so much value :

    “Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness? Chief Dan George πŸ™‚

    • Dear Doda, I am utterly delighted to have received your visits here today. Glad you enjoyed the new year message, and I hope you have found beauty and peace in these first 2.5 months of 2018. I am honored to receive the loving words of Chief Dan George, and am humbled by the comparison. The days pass by so swiftly, I appreciate being reminded of the words I shared months ago, and as the approach of the first day of spring nears, let us both move forward into love and forgiveness, fresh ideas, and plenty of growth and wisdom. Dear friend, thank you so much.

      • I thought that we have to do something for nature’s generosity,which you beautifully presented in your New Year post,that’s how his words crossed my mind.I join you and move forward into love,fresh ideas and growth!Keep up your optimistic mood,my good friend πŸ™‚

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