What a year.
Honestly, not the best year. So many changes. Many loved ones lost. But honestly? A blessed year. We received a precious baby girl in our family this year. We learned alot about love. No, really, we learned alot about love. I learned that ...as a body fails, spirit and strength grows ever stronger. And not just for the survivors, for the person passing to another life as well. I always thought I respected my elders. I always did, but this past year, I really learned what the tone of that truly meant. It doesn't mean yes ma'am or sir. It doesn't mean that at all. It means, to me, that even if someone is old or disabled or young or whatever -- they are feeling. They are caring, deeply, beyond words. They are loving and hurting and worth every second you can give. They are worth that phone call. They are worth that drive across town.
I also learned alot about myself this year. I want to say I struggled to change things about myself. That was my goal. Not a resolution, but a goal that carries until it is complete even if it is past the end of the year. But I know, looking back at the last eight months (it wasn't set last New Year) that there are times that I could have and need to put more into obtaining that goal.
In all honesty, this has been up there on the list of 'worst years of my life' but it was also a very teaching and heartfelt year. And that, my friends, is what I plan to take away from it, carry with me, and live and grow on.
Happiest of New Years to you and your families and friends,
From Me, and Mine,