Monthly Archives: December 2017

Farewell 2017, with Gratitude

On the last day of each year, I have a ritual of looking back over the previous twelve months. So, early this morning, while my family slept, I turned on the Christmas lights and took a seat in my favorite chair. This vantage point gave me a perfect view of the lighted garland draped along the banister and the tree adorned with years of memories. All was quiet save for the faint Christmas music playing throughout the house and the gentle sound of water from the foyer fountain. The perfect setting for a time of reflection.

With hot coffee in hand, I mentally reviewed each month. I reflected on the highs and lows. The sweet times and sad times. The moments of joy and pride. The moments that brought many tears.

I paused with each moment and offered gratitude. Gratitude for the experience, the memory, the milestone, or a life well lived.

I often hear people say, “good riddance” after a particularly challenging year. When tempted with this mindset, I always try to remember the sage wisdom of my grandmother, “Tootsie.” Any time I complained about something, Tootsie had a way of turning it around and showing me how I could bless it and be thankful for it. During difficult times, Tootsie would remind me that a silver lining did exist and would be revealed in due time. She would also tell me to be grateful for whatever the circumstance and believe that good would always result. I am happy for the reminder to see things through grateful, positive lenses, especially as one year ends and a new one begins.

Farewell 2017. I give thanks for all you brought. I choose to look for silver linings in the less than bright hours. I celebrate all the wonderful memories. Farewell 2017, with gratitude.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Magical Season

For as long as I can remember, I have been enchanted by this time of year. I can recall my first memory of driving around town to see all the holiday lights just like it was yesterday. The experience of seeing the brightly colored displays in neighborhoods around town, taking a trip to see “the World’s Largest Living Christmas Tree,” making Christmas cookies, stringing popcorn and cranberries to hang on the tree, watching the classic holiday movies and reading ’Twas The Night Before Christmas” were all special traditions I looked forward to each year.

When my children were young, I embraced every opportunity to create special traditions with them. Some I continued from my childhood and others were new. I loved watching the excitement on their faces as they experienced special moments in the days leading up to and on Christmas day. I believe that true magic happened in those moments. The kind of magic that will always exist within our hearts, if we truly believe.

Although some traditions have changed a bit since my children have become teenagers, they are no less meaningful. I hope that, one day, my children will look forward to sharing special traditions with their children, and even carry forward some from their childhood. ❤

I hope you all take time to reflect on this lovely and memorable time of year as you honor your special traditions and spend time with family and friends. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and all the joy and peace of this magical season.

 

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