Instead of groaning over the events of the last year, I thought that a better way to celebrate this last day of the would be to squeeze any last drops of learning out of this rotation around the sun. So here goes, in no particular order:
- The person who seems to be criticizing you the most is not always the source. In fact, they may be a messenger who resents the source for having to deliver said criticism. Any negativity from the messenger should be dismissed since it is not meant for you.
- The saying “You can’t go home again” doesn’t always mean that your home has literally changed. You have changed, and what was once your home can not be precisely as you recall– and that’s alright.
- We may judge other people as being short sighted and stupid. Guess what? They think the same about us.
- Your children depend on you for defense and support on every single level. Especially if that support means forcibly removing a toxic person and being vilified by said person in the process.
- The look of relief you receive when you have give someone exactly the item they most needed at precisely the right time greatly exceeds any cost.
- A safe, secure, and peaceful home in the country beats life in any popular city.
- Nothing is ever perfect, but it is beautiful in its imperfection.
- Relaxation is a skill that must be learned and practiced regularly.
- Cat purrs, dog licks, and laughing children are better medicine than many manufactured chemicals.
- You know those snow-covered wintry scenes on holiday cards? They don’t capture half of the joy of living in them.
I hope that the new year brings you the desires of your heart. Be safe!