Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year

Almost every blogger is writing a post today about the upcoming new year and what their hopes and dreams are.  I guess I am no different.  January 1st is always a good time to stop and think about the future and the path you are on.  And to see if changes need to be made.

I am currently entering the 2nd half of my life.  I am asking lots of questions.  What makes me happy?  What brings me joy?  How can I live each day to its fullest?  How can I be even more present in the "present"?  I have some answers, I have found a job that I can do that makes me feel good about my part in our family.  I have found that spending time with my husband doing just normal things, makes me happy and brings me joy.  Raking the leaves together, browsing through a scrap store together these are what make me happy.  What brings me ultimate joy is the love of my family.  I have 2 children who have really grown up this year and have been able to articulate their love and appreciation.  I have a husband who gets me, and yet still loves me.  wow!

But there are still lots to learn, lots of ways to grow.  And I welcome that, even though I know that means pain along the way.  It seems like growth always includes some degree of pain.  But in the second half of my life I now know that the pain won't last forever, and one day, there will be rebirth.  So now, I can hold onto that.

As I enter 2011, I want to learn to be more real, to love more, to let go, to savor the moments.  What are your wishes and hopes this year?

Happy New Years!