“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Soren Kierkegaard
This year did not exactly go as planned. It was difficult to get into a rhythm of writing and creativity and then, mid-March, my father-in-law went to join his beloved. His death was sudden and not expected. So, I suppose you could say that “reflection” is what most of us have been doing all year.
The big, extended, family Christmas celebration was held on the first Saturday of this month. My husband and his eleven siblings gathered with their spouses, children, and grandchildren — and there was joy. Oh, there were tears and there was laughter, but joy was abundant.
Unfettered JOY — it’s what I’ve felt for most of this year and the feeling that most often sweeps over me as this season continues. A gift embedded in the memories of my in-laws; a remnant of lives shared with great love.
I was lucky enough to find JOY ornaments and purchased two: Red for our Santa Christmas tree and Blue for my sister’s. Spreading the JOY from California to Michigan.
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
JOY — it’s what I most feel when I am with my husband, when we are lucky enough to steal a moment or two together. Accomplishments for 2013 have not been stellar, though there have been a few. Perhaps, just maybe, this year was meant for smaller leaps and simpler bounds.
A year for keeping family and friends close, being present for every day living, and fulfilling tiny desires — like a pair of Christmas–red Converse high-tops with green & red jingle bells to herald in the season.
This post is part of a Blog Circle on “A Year in Review” for December. Please visit my creative colleagues as they share on their blogs, too. You can find Naz Laila’s, blog here, and circle about visiting Ginger Deverell, Amy Riddle, Sandy King, Monica Martin, Laly Mille, and Kathie Gadd.
Stay Jolly and Embrace Joy!