Good-bye, 2014 and hello, 2015

And, now, here we are, January 1, 2015.  Not only is it a new day but also a new year.  2015.  I remember that as a kid in the 1960’s  if I heard someone say something about the year 2000, it sounded so futuristic to me.  So “Jetsons.”  I pictured us riding around in flying cars, robots doing our housework (and homework) and all that.  And then came the “Back to the Future” movies where they shoot ahead 30 years and they are in the year 2015.  As I left the theater after seeing that movie I remember thinking and wondering what life will be like in the year 2015.

And, suddenly, here we are, the year 2015.  As I look around, I don’t see any of the futuristic things from either the Jetsons or Back to the Future and that’s okay.  What I do see are a lot of messages for peace, prosperity, new opportunities, and changes for the good.  I wish for all those things, too.  I see more people pulling together to help and support others.  I see more love and understanding and general concern for fellow human beings.  And, that to me is fantastic!

For my husband and I, I hope for a new beginning.   It’s interesting how one or two life changing events can turn things around for you.  Not just life changing events, but enormous life changing events and events that normally would seem to be negative.

The last couple of months of 2014 were filled with high stress, tension, sadness, loss, disbelief and shock.  The last couple of months also were filled with forgiveness, understanding, acceptance and compassion.  What seemed like the end at first, actually turned into the beginning.  What seemed like a complete loss actually became hope for new opportunities.

We started off with reduced income and then finally our income was lost completely.  Of course the loss of income set in motion a domino effect, which includes downsizing and moving to a new home.

But, in spite of such loss, we have also gained renewed hope.  Hope for a fresh start in the New Year.  We remember to keep our situation in perspective and maintain an attitude of gratitude.  We are blessed and still have so much, and we simply can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

We remember that in October of 2013, our little grandson nearly died shortly after he was born and now he is a healthy, energetic and adorable toddler.

We remember all the parents who have lost their little ones.

We remember all who suffer due to  illness, poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

We know how blessed we are; we won’t be homeless, we have a home to move into.

We still have our health insurance due to my husband’s retirement from the military.

And, our list of blessings goes on and on.

Instead of focusing on what we have lost, we will focus on the good that will come with this life changing event, which includes some opportunities for starting businesses and working toward some life goals and dreams.   Together, we will begin a new chapter with renewed vigor.

And, so, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year.  May it be a year of prosperity, good health, laughter, joy and happiness for all of you!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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