A new year is upon us...a time of reflection...looking back, and looking forward. As the clock races toward 2013, I've been thinking about things I learned this year. I like to learn new things.
I thought I might share a few with you...
This year I learned that I have too much stuff...I spend too much time making room for stuff, putting stuff away, moving stuff around.......I'm getting rid of a bunch of stuff in the New Year.
This year I learned that I can give up coffee and chocolate, and still remain relatively sane. I developed an allergy to caffeine and knew it had to be done...and somehow I did it...three weeks before Christmas.
This year I learned that your laundry room can still flood when you are out of town...even when you turn off the main water source. A bad valve can break in the washer and leak the water left in the pipes...
This year I leaned...o.k. I already knew this one...that my daughter's compassion for others is limitless. The morning after the Sandy Hook shooting she presented me with dozens of cards she had made for the parents of the children who were lost that day....our Christmas table was covered with angels...china, ceramic, wood...gathered from all over the house..."in honor of all the children".
This year I learned that there is a network of bloggers out there...people I, most likely, will never meet, but people I enjoy to hear from...and about. People whose families I have come to know...homes I love to visit...with stories I enjoy to hear.
This year I learned that women support other women. They delight in the success and accomplishments of other women...they are there for each other when worlds fall apart, or fear is banging on the door. They share laughter, tears, horror stories, sadness and good news. They reject pettiness and open their hearts. They are there for each other because it is the right thing to do, and they genuinely care. They are unbelievably strong. Again this is something I already knew, but it's nice to see it still applies.
This year I learned that when one door closes...another one opens. People come and go. The only constant in life is change...and that some lessons take a lifetime.
Happy New Year everybody! Wishing you the very best in 2013!
Enjoy the day,