"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
"Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It's a mental attitude.
It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don't
have. It's so simple--yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend.
No matter what your situation, things could be worse. Count your blessings and enjoy
a little happiness while you may." ~John Luther
My house is quiet. First time in a few weeks. The holidays came and went with record
speed. My heart holds treasured memories. I am most grateful for a new year ahead. I
have always liked clean slates. I am the one who bought so many new, empty, and
sometimes pretty notebooks convinced that with a new year, I would become the most
organized and efficient person ever! To make certain that would be the case, I even
purchased a new favorite pen with which to do my new project:) Then, I don't know
how it happened, but by the middle of February, the new notebook got brushed under
other papers, and the new pen found it's way to the bottom of my purse, leaving me with
a somewhat discouraged feeling. Now, at this time in my life, the new notebook and
free flowing pen don't seem as important to me. No, for me, the importance lies in
taking time for the most important things in front of me, for coming to grips with the
fact that living with gratitude is far better than wishing things would be different, and
for living each day to the fullest. Maybe it is my age, or perhaps it is the climate of
our world today, but I pray that I begin to grasp the fact that every moment that I live
is a gift, and gifts are never guaranteed. My prayer too, is that as I live, I share the
same grace with others, that God has shown to me, throughout my life.
I don't know what you are facing in the year ahead. But what I do know is that
you all have been a blessing and an inspiration to me throughout this past year,
as you traveled on your own unique, and oftentimes quite difficult journeys.
Thank you so much for all of your visits here, your kind comments, your encouraging
emails, and your gift of friendship. It too, is an extra special blessing to me.
Happy New Year to each one of you!