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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day One

So much potential in that phrase: “Day One”. It speaks of fresh starts, new beginnings, do-overs, mulligans and clean slates. Perhaps there’s even a hint of “when life gives you lemons. make lemonade” lying just beneath the surface.

Some folks like to slam the door on a bad year preceding the new. But 2008 was pretty darn terrific. I know there were dizzying economic downfalls, vicious partisan politics, wars, natural disasters - a whole panoply of miseries. But there was so much good news as well: Carrie and Al were married; Sarah was born to Veronica and Steven; Andrew and Peter tied the knot; all our “ERs” are still with us, two of whom are thriving; my poem was published; Barack Obama became President-Elect of the United States of America...

You no doubt have your own list of sweet victories and small miracles. That’s where I want to focus today and into tomorrow and beyond. Mind you, I am so not a Pollyanna. Folks like me with black belts in worrying are antithetical to Pollyannas! But even worriers can have an attitude of gratitude. And gratitude feels so very good.

4 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

Too wrung out and emotional to think - it's day 2 here you see, back to normal.

Nana Fi said...

Happy New Year Lee. Why humans being like to focus on the negative most of the time I have no idea, but 2008 was full of good things, the bad stuff is always going to happen, that is just the way it is, lets focus on the positive and prove all the doomsayers (is that a word?) wrong. Keep smiling. Fiona xx

Sue said...

It's always good to stop and count our blessings. It's good for the soul to think of the good over the bad, even when times are tough. It's why I think the American day of Thanksgiving is such a wonderful tradition. The changeover of a year is always a time to reflect on what's past and to think about what's to come.

Here's wishing you and Chuck a very good 2009, looking forward to sharing it through my computer with you both!

Sue x

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
I agree it's important to focus on the positive. They say that developing a sense of gratitude helps lift our spirits and keep us healthier.
And a little Thanksgiving at the turn of the new year is an excellent idea.
Happy New Year to all of you!
;o)
- Lee