Posts Tagged ‘new’

new day

April 28, 2011

A fresh new day has come our way

My heart is glad; I hope it stays

The gloom has lifted, my spirits raise

A happy reason to give God praise!


January 1, 2010

I love firsts! I got married on June first. We moved into our house on December first.

I especially love today because it is the first day of the first month of a new year and a new decade! Brand new. Fresh.

As I was driving home from work yesterday, I found myself overwhelmed with joy! I can’t explain it! I was by myself in the car and I found myself smiling a broad, silly grin! Then it hit me! I was happy to be alive! I’d made it through the most difficult decade of my life! I was leaving that decade behind!

Ten years ago (Dec. 30, 1999) I was given the news that I had breast cancer. I was 38 and married to my best friend, and we had two young children. I spent New Year’s Eve 1999 agonizing; trying to comprehend what this would mean for me and for my family. While everyone the world over was fearfully awaiting the unknown that Y2K would usher in, I was wondering if I had a future at all. Little did I know that cancer was just the first in a series of horrendous experiences that were yet to become acquaintances of mine during the decade ahead.

So, as I look to 2010, I’m happier than ever to leave the old behind. I have become a stronger, deeper, wiser, and perhaps just a little bit jaded person, but I am a better person because of my life-journey these past 10 years.

I have more compassion and patience. I enjoy the simple, little things that often go unnoticed. I love a sunrise and marvel at the sweet little goldfinches that visit our feeders daily even in freezing weather!

I want to invite you to think about this past decade. What challenges have you faced?  What have you learned? How have you changed?

Are there areas of your life that you’d like to see change this year? As a person, who would you like to become in 2010? What will it take to see those changes occur?

Let’s savor life together, the good and the bad, and purpose to enjoy the little things each day, okay?