Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful few days. I did. Good company, good food and much needed R&R. It was a wonderful break.
Today, Dec 27, I find myself in a reflective mood, not unusual for me in general, and for this time of year - very normal. You see, there are very few things I am superstitious about...starting the new year with a clean slate is one of them. For the next several days, as we march ever-closer to 2013, I will spend my time releasing the hurts of 2012, cleaning my "house" both literally and figuratively, reflecting on my current path, and forging new goals. It is a ritual I go through every year, dating back to my childhood. There is just something about the renewal of a New Year that fills me with hope...a hope that, when unguarded, seems to filter through my fingertips as the year progresses.
This year as a lesson in extremes. Not the first lesson, and I am certain not the last. This year saw the "birth" of my fiction career with my first novel, the sale of more books, and a change in careers in my "other" life. It also brought some of the hardest internal struggles I've ever faced, grief and pain as a dealt with a few losses, and challenges that brought me to my knees more than once.
A true lesson in extremes. And yet, like most things, it doesn't seem so bad from this vantage point.
I am thankful for the year, the growth, the opportunities. I am thankful for some clarity that has come as a result of the trials. And, most importantly, I am optimistic about things to come.
As the days race on, I will be cleaning, organizing, and processing the 365 days that have passed. I will glean from them what I can before I march into a new future.
That is my plan, at least.
What is yours?
Oh! And for those asking...yes, I am back in the cave as well...and writing. Man it feels good.
Have a happy and health New Year!