The year is almost over. Hard to believe – it seems to flow by faster as I get older. It’s traditionally a time of reflections – best of and worst of lists abound. And don’t forget “the year in review”.
2014 started out with sadness – death. But there was also hope – the possibility of healing – rebuilding damaged relationships. But in the end that was not to be. Moving on is all I can do – learning what I can and letting go as well. I will not dwell in loss – I will cherish what is.
The black cloud that hung over my head threatened most of the year. One event – that one letter in the mail turned my world upside down. But I took action to help myself – to not let it take away what was good in my life. And so much came out of it – learning about happiness and gratitude and courage and faith and hope and letting go and moving forward.
Through all this I have learned more than anything how to build on the positive things in my life – and now I see that there are many! I’ve learned to appreciate and be grateful. I’ve learned that I can choose happiness. I have learned to be mindful, grateful and charitable. I am more resilient, more at peace, more optimistic and yes happier – with a much deeper understanding what happiness really is.
I often think on that day as a watershed, a pivotal point, a fork the road. No it was not good, but good came out of it because I chose to focus on the good.
So as I break for the holidays, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. Enjoy!