This will be a short post, just to say goodbye to 2009, and the first decade of the century and the millennium. I'm not going to dwell on much, but I want to say goodbye to a few things, release them and move on.
This has not been a bad time, but it is marked with significant losses for me. I loss both parents in 2000. Next was the loss of my husband of 31 years, in 2005. My three Shih Tzus, my faithful companions for over 15 years, left, one in 2006 and the other two in 2008. And in the last month, I've been hit with health concerns that have rocked my world, and not in the good way.
Conversely, during this period I've gained new family members through birth and marriage, and it has lifted my heart seeing how these family additions have added to the joy in my life and those with whom they directly belong. I've returned to my native New Mexico, found a home that I love, and gained new friends who fill my heart. I've watched grandchildren grow into wonderful young people. I've learned a great deal about myself, possibly the best being that I know I'm a lot stronger than I would have imagined a few years ago.
This last year has brought me peace of mind in simply knowing I am capable of several things that I doubted before. As those things became known to me, some of them also evaporated before my eyes, but that's OK! I'm happy that I had the experiences, and my life is fuller because of them. I'm not liking the way my health has been challenged, but I'm not despairing, and hopefully 2010 will be a portal to a better plane.
Happy New Year to everyone! May peace and love fill your lives and happiness overflow in your presence.