It’s the end of 2021 and there is a strong possibility of snow on New Year’s Eve. I can’t think of a better way to end the year than with hope and moisture.
Some people may say it won’t happen. The odds are in their favor honestly as we live in a very arid area. But what if the forecast is right? What if there is snow?
Well then some may say it will just be a flurry.
Okay but I want to live with high expectations. I want to boldly believe that moisture will fall to the ground.
Perhaps I am acting like a small child waiting to open Christmas presents. But I would rather live each day excited to see what’s around the corner.
A new year is coming. Some may see it with dread. And who knows? If you let yourself think about what could happen, you may be right.
BUT, what if? What if snow falls all winter long. What if one of the goals you have been striving for is finally realized?
No, I am not a realist but where is the fun in that?
And if I am wrong then what did I lose? Perhaps the fear of hoping or expecting is too much because you may be let down.
But what’s that saying? Worry is like a rocking chair, it will give you something to do but it won’t get you anywhere. - Erma Bombeck.
I am alive. Not everyone made it through 2021. I am still here. And if you are reading this you are too.
As the door to 2021 closes I look back with fondness on some wonderful memories and some tough challenges.
I laughed I cried I pushed myself and I failed. I had healthy days and sick days. I tried things and I failed at some.
As the door to 2022 opens I am metaphorically lighting a candle of hope.
The excitement is we don’t know what is around the corner. For some that is frightening. But it can also be seen as the chance to fulfill some dreams, overcome new challenges, build new friendships.
Today, right now, my hair has thinned and my waist has thickened. I have a cold and my nose is red from blowing. Life isn’t always easy but compared to many my frustrations are nothing.
One of my favorite quotes is Kahlil Gibran - And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
It reminds me of enjoying life’s little gifts like sunshine on my face, hugs from my daughter, and the possibility of a wet winter snow.
So as the door to 2022 opens, can you see opportunity? Can you make a list of ten things you hope for?
Maybe one is to find someone to help lend a hand up? Maybe it’s to better yourself or follow a dream you have long buried?
Maybe it is to try something that scares you to death.
A final quote from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - “You get one life. You decide how you’re gonna spend it.”
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