As the holiday season winds down, and the year comes to a close, I’m sitting here reflecting on the past year, and the events of the past couple weeks. It is been a difficult year to say the least, and the holiday season has been no exception, which really shouldn’t surprising even though we don’t do anything in our house for the holidays, but we both work in industries that are very tension filled at this time of year.
I’ve been watching and listening to all the commercials and memes talking about making New Year’s Resolutions. While many people make a point of trying to change a particular aspect of their lives on January 1st, I have found peace in holding to not making resolutions. In my perspective, sticking to a resolution has nothing to do with starting it on any particular day. When I set my resolve to do something, it has far more to do with making it an active practice in my daily life. It takes small steps daily, breaking the old habits, and creating new practices to make the change I want, and it never depends on the day of the year I start it on. Personally, I find looking at recent situations and experiences for places to find challenges and ways to grow and heal personally.
Many people have suffered loss this year, and in the last week particularly there has been several people that I know that have lost someone they knew. I want to take a moment to send them Love, Prayers and Strength for the loss they have suffered, but also take a moment to reflect that while it is devastating to lose a friend or family member, particularly when it is unexpected, it is also a part of this life that we are here to experience. I have suffered loss over the years, both friends and family members, close and far. Sometimes that loss isn’t death, just a recognition of a relationship that needed to end, or a friendship that never was. I cherish the good memories, and learn from the difficult ones and let them go in peace.
For the upcoming year, I am looking forward to new growth, new experiences. I’m looking for beauty and to make progress on the projects that I have. I am excited about being able to continue to write, and to do so on a more regular basis than the last couple of years have allowed me to do. Most of all, I look forward to just experiencing everything that life has to offer us. There is joy and beauty everywhere. All we have to do is look for it.