Joan Larsen Presents: 2017 – Reflections From the Mountain

Posted on December 28, 2016



As 2016 comes to a close, and as we perch

a bit precariously on the edge of this New Year – 

we are still filled with hope

 as we always have been.

But with a world in turmoil as it is, stirring our minds —

a small family holiday getaway has done the trick,

 once again bringing us back

to the beauty of the world

 as it always has been,

filled with moments

 to lift our spirits to the sky.


A small grandchild has fallen in love with the snow,

touching our hearts with his innocence.


Can life get much better than that?


Ohh . . . and imagine making the first tracks in the snow

with wilderness in every direction,

find in this moment you are king of the world

*   *   *

At our homes far below, the constant onslaught of news,

the stories that shake us,

the words of vigilance and fear can be overwhelming.

We are all very caring human beings –

with hearts that weep for the world,

 concerned for a future well-being we are yet to see.

In this world of now, I believe we must

always make each day count.

We must surround ourselves

with the wonderful family and our friends —

for it is LOVE that binds us all together,

filling us with that laughter and joy.

And, of course, caring.

We will have our own quiet days.

We all do.

But always look around at the beauty

of the wonders nature has wrought . . .


for I believe the beauty is there to lift our spirits

as it does on the mountain.

*   *   *

My personal wishes for you for 2016?

An ability to coax a smile when the spring

has gone out of your step  . . .

a visual sorbet after a bad day!

Good health — and so many moments

of personal happiness,

of laughter and JOY.

And our hopes that the coming year

will find you still have some of your dreams come true.

From my family and me in this land of snow —

Our wishes for better days ahead,

and a better world for all.


Joan Larsen


JoanXmasWriter Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth.  But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again.  She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”