It’s hard to believe that in just two short days we’ll be viewing 2014 and all of its cherished memories and experiences through the rear view mirror. While there are numerous quotes about the dangers of, and time wasted from, looking in the rear view mirror, I’m of the belief that it has its time and place. As long as we don’t keep our focus there for a prolonged period of time, lest we crash into our future rather than enter gracefully, looking back to review our successes and highlights of the year can serve us well. For that matter, remembering the not-so-happy moments aren’t a bad thing either. It reminds us that things can–and do–get better and the most important thing is to learn the lesson and find the golden nugget in the heap of mud. I used to tell my kids when they were growing up, “Always know where it is you want to go and have a plan to get there, but never, ever, forget where you came from.”
Here are my top take-aways from 2014–and I still have two more full days to fully live in 2014… 🙂
- I crossed off a major item from my Bucket List–one that has been on it for 30+ years…I published a book, The Inheritance.
- My son got married and bought his first house. So many memories I’ll cherish forever, especially the mother-son dance to the song Watercolor Ponies. For any of you with sons, it’s guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips.
- Hours upon hours of running, biking, and spending time in the great outdoors, the wind on my back, the sun on my face, my spirit lifted high.
- Priceless time spent with family–my husband, my sons, my granddaughter–how blessed am I!
- Completing two first drafts of a cozy mystery series.
- The first time hearing my granddaughter say “Grammy!” with so much enthusiasm. Oh, the sweetness!
- Connecting with so many other writers in this blogging community who I am proud to call my friends.
- The loss of Maya Angelou that reminds me to always be grateful and to truly live life to the fullest. Her spirit will live on forever.
- The tragic loss of Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, both a heart-breaking, yet critical reminder of the importance of taking whatever steps necessary to cultivate my sober life.
- Adopting the phrase “Carpe diem” as my mantra, because it sums up so much in so few words.
Seize the day, my friends, and I’ll see you in 2015.
Have a happy and blessed journey into the New Year.