The first day of the year. What a good day. A blank page. A new start. It’s like a birthday, of sorts. A day that calls for a cake and candles. The bidding a farewell to a year gone by and laying out the welcome mat for a new year. A year of possibilities. A year of unknowns.
I love the anticipation this day puts in so many of us. All over I hear people say, I wonder where we will be next year. . . what will next year bring?. . . I hope that next year. . . I resolve that next year I will. . . and on and on.
I am prone to reflection. I have a tendency to analyze. . . or, er, over-analyze. I am dreamer, bent toward hope, filled with anticipation. A new year only heightens these things. Last year I wrote the following. . .
I’m not one for resolutions and I’m not making one now. What I know for
sure is that I’m not done yet. This year I will continue to explore
and discover. . . myself and the world. There are dreams hidden in my
heart, dreams that need to see the light of day. Dreams that will see
the light of day. On those blank pages, I anticipate facing more
fears, becoming more courageous, and becoming more who I was created to
. . . I just read these words to Chad and he nodded, knowingly. I had no idea when I wrote those words that I was writing the script for 2012. . . but I was. There is more, though. You see, I believe that life is a process and that people are like onions. We are far from one-dimensional. We, you and I, have layers and layers. 2012? It was just the beginning.
The process that began in 2012 will roll into 2013, I have no doubt. There will be ups and downs. There will be times of joyfulness and the year will hold it’s fair share of trials, too. Whatever the case, I feel ready. Ready to dive in head first and experience all that lies ahead.
But first. . . some of my favorite moments of 2012. . .
I have much for which to be thankful. . . and thankful is what I feel. The memories we made this year are locked in a treasure chest in my heart. Chad, Charlie, Chanelle and Meadow make life what it is. They make life beautiful.
I anticipate change ahead. I expect some stretching. I foresee opportunities for growth. And while I don’t know all the details and there is no map to follow, I’m quite sure that the details don’t really matter. In essence, to 2013 I can say this. . . I’m ready.
All my best to each of you in this New Year.