Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Some Years are Better Than Others

I believe it was December 5th, when I posted that I was working on my Christmas cards.  I did begin working on them then, and for some crazy reason (who knows all the excuses why?), it's six days later and I'm still looking at a stack of cards. 

Oh sure, I got the first batch addressed, stamped, sealed, and sent off that day or the next.  I finished the second stack and sent them off just a day or so later. 

The last stack? Well...it just kept getting in my way on my desk.  I've moved it from one end of my desk to the other all week, but today is the day I finally decided I had to finish those cards.  

We can all hope I get to check off Mailed Christmas Cards tomorrow, but we will just have to see how it goes.

While sitting down to finish the cards, I also decided it was time to write a note to a few people who have made 2012 special for me (check #18 off of my list).

Write Notes to People Who Have Helped Make 2012 Special
Yesterday, I read the best opening to a Christmas Letter I have ever read.  My dear sweet friend writes a lovely news-filled letter every year.  I just adore her and I adore reading her newsy yearly recap. 

After a couple opening lines, she wrote this:  "It has been a good year, but we have seen better". 

That just made me giggle!  What a great way to put it.  Admittedly, that is pretty much how I would sum up this year for us.  I just didn't know how to express it until I read her words. 

In November, I shared with you a little of my struggles this past year.  We had a rougher year than some.  It wasn't always fun and Rosie. 

However, I also felt some guilt over feeling blue, because I am one blessed girl.  And I really do know it.  I have awesome loving people in my life and I'm really doing ok. 

It's just that my circumstances aren't what I had hoped they would be right now.  If I got to pick, I would choose something different.  Thankfully, I am not in charge, because clearly if I were, I would not be making the right choices. 

Since I fully surrender, "not my way, Lord, but Yours", I know I am right where God wants me to be in life...even if it's not exactly the circumstances I would choose for my life right now.

So, with the idea that "it's been a good year, but we have seen better", I had a few people to write to who have helped make it a good year for me. 

Today as I check the 18th item off my list, I am thankful that it was a good year.  I am thankful for the years that were better, and I'm even thankful for the years that were worse (oh sure, there have been worse). 

When I think about it...good, bad, or better - each year I have been given great blessings of friends and family, opportunities to grow, and chances or even second chances for love and forgiveness. 

This morning when I clicked on my Facebook page, I saw: "See Your 2012 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year." 
 
Of course I had to click on it and see what Facebook thought was my 20 biggest moments.  Some were big moments...others were just a regular comment from a regular day.  Facebook doesn't know me as well as it thinks it does. 

As I looked through the past year's posts and pictures, I thought:
You know what? It has been a good year. 
 
And today, I sat down, wrote some notes and cherished a few people who helped make it so.
 
Just 13 days to go...
 
Have a Blessed Christmas!

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