So here we are...the end of another year. Thanksgiving is behind us and the major holidays are approaching. We now have another year to reflect on. What I try to do at this time of year is to focus on what is truly “real” about our lives. Yes, I know we all have our work; our “Things To Do List;” and, of course, we cannot forget about the laundry! It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that we have to do. But what really matters? But what really is important?
The answer is, of course, our family and friends. “Can I handle the seasons of my life.” —Stevie Nicks
As we move forward, sometimes it feels as if all of these things that occupy our daily lives become more important than what really matters. They become more real than what has enabled us to get to where we are. Let’s face it…without our family and friends, how in the world would we have been able to make it as far as we have?
Getting caught up in the chaos of day-to-day living will very quickly take our focus away from what is real. Fortunately, the wonderful part of the end of the year is it gives us the opportunity to stop…learn…and listen to our inner being. Even though most of us are “crazy busy,” there is something about this time of year that can force us to take a deep breath, reflect, appreciate, and, once again, get “real.”
The “seasons of our lives” are just that…seasons. I am blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life; from the very young (my granddaughters), to those who have been here a lot longer than I have (my aunts and uncles who are in their late 80’s and 90’s).
And let’s not forget those “in between years.” There is a part of me that wishes that I would have known then—in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s—what I know now. But guess what? I have no regrets. I have learned to travel through the seasons; and as the seasons progress, I become more appreciative every single year. Like I said, this is the perfect time of year to reflect on all of that.
I want to thank all of you…our readers, our advertisers, my family, my dear friends…for helping me become the person I am today; and for helping me make it through some very challenging times. Hey…I know everyone has challenges, and I hope all of you are as blessed as I am to have your support systems in place.
2014…here we come. Happy holidays and we’ll talk next year.
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Positive Thought of the Month
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count.”