New Year’s Eve is an odd time isn’t it; that moment when the clock ticks round past midnight and whole year ends and another whole year starts. It is nothing more than any other second in our lives and yet so often we set great store by it. We so often see a new year as a whole new beginning, a time for making new resolutions, for starting new things and giving up old ones, for trying to become better, fitter, healthier, slimmer, braver, stronger, more optimistic, more faithful, more thankful.
I guess the fact we do all of this at all is a good thing, and 1st January is as good a time as any.
However, this evening is also a time for reflection on the past. January is named after the Roman God Janus, the god with the two faces, the god of doorways, the god shown looking back and looking forward.
I actually like the Jewish concept of New Year; that celebrated at Rosh Hashanah. I like the idea of thinking of God balancing he books, weighing the scales, seeing whether there is more good than bad, more positive than negative.
And so I sit here, when I should really be starting to prepare dinner, reflecting back and looking forward.
2011 has been a great year – one with so many blessings and so much to be truly grateful for.
First and foremost we are both fit and healthy, we are safe and warm and we still have the three fur babies we started the year off with. There are many years when we haven’t been able to be thankful for all of those things.
This year will always be remembered as our 25th anniversary year when we renewed our vows in such a special way, taking part in a high mass at Sacre Coeur and then reciting our vows to each other, before God, with the nuns singing. We are both blessed to have married our best friend and soul mate and we thank God daily for that blessing. Our marriage is by no means perfect; we argue on occasions, one of us gets snappy at times, we don’t always see eye to eye, but our marriage is blessed with a great deal of love and a lot of laughter. I can honestly say there isn’t a day go by but that we laugh … a lot… and that laughter is so important. So as I look back, that 25th anniversary is a great milestone and I pray we enjoy another 25 together … at least.
I look back and am thankful for the ever growing faith I have and the way in which that sustains me through everything. It has given me a changed perspective on life and any trials that come my way and I feel a sense of peace that I have rarely known so much before.
I am thankful for the friends and family that bring so much to our lives in so many ways
I am thankful for the opportunities Nigel has had this year, the determination he has shown with all of his new ventures and, if I could hope for anything, it would be that he gets the success he so richly deserves.
I am thankful for the joy I continue to get from my creative pursuits and from my work. Both bring me joy, though the work hours are long and some things are challenging. I have to say, however, that I love my job and whilst I do look forward to the day when I join Nigel in retirement, there is nothing else I would rather be doing.
I am thankful for all of the great trips we have made this year and the joy that being outside brings us. It doesn’t matter if we potter next door on the heath, walk the local neighbourhood or travel further afield, we love being out and doing things almost as much as we love being home.
I am thankful for the things we have achieved at home too. Our home is now finished with every room refurbished (some more than once) and we can now just sit back and enjoy it.
Finally I am thankful for the lovely people I have met through my scrapping and through my own blog and those of other people. I have had so many wonderful comments on my blog this year from people who come by and read on regular basis. I have met people who read the blog and have stopped to tell me so. I always say I blog primarily for me; it is my way of recording my life, collating my scrapping, stories, quotes and photos, but it is so nice that I get so much positive feedback from you. Thank you. I plan on continuing my blog and again, for the third year running, having my daily thankfulness on there as it does make me stop and think each day about the many things that happen, often very minor, for which I need to be thankful.
And so I look forward to a new year in 2012. Yes there are things I will be promising to do, to change, to develop and to start this year and no I won’t be sharing them as I would hate to publically fail!
I wish you all a very happy New Year’s Eve. I hope that 2011 has been filled with more positives than negatives for you and your loved ones and I hope that 2012 will be a year filled with health and happiness, love and laughter for all of us.