Backwards and Forwards

Like many people, I get reflective at the end of the year. I look back on the year that was and think about what I hope the New Year will be…

 

Have you ever read one of you blog posts a year later?

 

Well, I just did.

 

I just read what I posted last New Year’s Eve – and couldn’t help but roll my eye, initially that is.  At the time I wrote the post, I thought that 2011 was a bad year.  I complained that we had issues in the house and had to undergo constant construction. I complained about our cat, Alex, had to have his tail amputated.  I complained about Hurricane Irene hitting.  I just complained….How foolish was I?

 

I had no idea at the time I wrote the post that we would be without a kitchen for four months (and counting) – because as Marc now says “you should never do renovations and have a hurricane at the same time.  You got to do one or the other.”  Where was this wisdom a few months ago????

 

Slowly we are getting there

Slowly we are getting there

I had no idea at the time I wrote that post that our time with Alex was coming to an end. I had no idea that we would have to say goodbye to our sweet boy, our special friend.

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I had no idea at the time I wrote that post that Hurricane Irene was just a dress rehearsal.  I had no idea that a Super Storm was heading our way, and Sandy would completely wreak havoc on us, our home and so many of our friends and family.

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But my self imposed anger at foolishness was short lived as I read how I closed the post….

“I hope that 2012 only brings good health and happiness to everyone. But, I also know that it will bring challenges, and when that happens, I hope everyone stays strong and gets to see the rainbow after the rain.”

 

When I read those words I realized that my wish for everyone came true for myself.  2012 was full of challenges, but they made me stronger.  I really believe I am a different person now than I was last year.  I found an inner strength that I never knew I had. I learned to appreciate the little things in life, things that I normally would take for granted.  I realized that I don’t need material possessions to be happy.  I learned how fortunate I am to have a very wonderful and supportive family as well as amazing friends.  And finally, I realized that we shouldn’t waste our time and energy “sweating the small stuff” – instead we should try to enjoy every moment we have, because we really never know what tomorrow will bring….

 

Happy New Year!  I hope all your tomorrows are happy and healthy ones.  I hope that 2013 is a great year for everyone… Love you all…..

 

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