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Thank You

Goodbye to 2011

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Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

— G.B. Stern

The end of the year is such a rush with the holiday madness and business deadlines combined.  It’s easy to get lost in all the busyness.

In my family, because we’ve all scattered to the winds, getting together for the holidays necessitates at least one full day allocated to travel to the festivities which just adds to the general craziness and the sense that there’s not enough time.

By the time we get to the New Year, I’m ready to get a cup of hot cocoa, a blanket, a good book, an animal to keep me company, and just sit and veg.  This doesn’t necessarily go over well with my friends, but there’s a point at which I say, “ENOUGH, already!”  I’ve had it with people and people pleasing and I’d like to take care of me.

In the spirit of making sure that this holiday season is a good one, I’ve decided to officially say good-bye and THANK YOU to 2011.

Thank you for:

  • 20,000 accident free miles.
  • Uncounted new friends.
  • My continuing health in stressful times.
  • My job.
  • The friends and family cell phone plan that lets me keep up with friends and family during my long commute – without incurring extra charges.
  • Friends and family to talk to.
  • My friends Hale and Jean who passed away this year.  It was a privilege to know them and I miss them.  I am so grateful that I did know them.
  • A smart phone that lets me access internet radio stations while I’m at work.
  • The health of family and friends.
  • All the wonderful animals in my life.
  • My book club that forces me to read books I never would have considered.  Thank you ladies.
  • The ability to keep learning – this year I’ve learned that:
    • Mood truly is a choice – though I don’t always make the correct choice.  It still is a choice.
    • When I think I can’t keep going any more, I can.
    • Obviously God has a higher opinion of my ability to deal with challenges than I have of my own ability – otherwise I’d have fewer or easier challenges.
    • Setting boundaries never stops.  Just when you think they’re in place, somebody finds another way to challenge them.
    • I’m much more creative than I ever thought I was.
    • I can get by on much less sleep than I ever imagined.
    • No matter what it feels like as you go through it, life is good.

I know that many of you have also had a challenging year.  Why not take some time and wish 2011 adios and muchas gracias?  You may just find that it was a better year than you realized.

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