Another Trip Around the Sun
“Hold fast to what is good.”
Today is September 8th and my birthday. I’m so grateful for this past year’s journey around the sun. Not because it was perfect and wonderful, but because it was filled with difficult lessons—lessons which really forced me to see, reflect, accept, and grow. And… It. Was. Hard. This may come as a surprise to most, especially since I haven’t openly shared my challenges with many people.
On days when I was drowning in sorrow and grief, I looked for a silver lining or something positive on which to focus. And, everyday, I held fast to what was good. Much joy and comfort came from painting, visiting with friends, helping others, and spending time on the farm with my beloved pets; however, there were days when all I wanted to do was sit on the sofa and cuddle with sweet Bizou, Dash, and Clemmie….and that’s what I did.
But, there’s a time for reflection, and then there’s forward movement. With every step, good things appeared to me: new friendships, learning and travel experiences, supportive friends, an opportunity to serve on the board of a local organization that helps people in my community with speech, language, and hearing issues. And, there were also exciting achievements; such as, my blog being featured on WordPress Discover, completing new paintings, and passing the WSET Level II sommelier exam.
Although I was fortunate to have these positive experiences during the past year, I realize that the main blessings in my life are always my loving and steadfast husband, Scott as well as Green Hill Farm and our animals. This is the good that sustains me.
Here’s the thing: Sometimes, you just have to take off those rose-colored glasses and SEE life’s true colors. But, don’t be blinded by them, because there are too many GOOD THINGS to behold.