As this year draws to a close many (most) of us take time to reflect upon what has been, what we have wished for and what we hope for in the year going forward and also sparing moments to give thanks for what we have.
My thoughts include:
Two healthy and happy sons, embarking on university studies in Australia.
Another son far away serving in Afghanistan, with his wife waiting for him in Florida.
And yet another son making a new life for himself and his partner in Austin, Texas.
I wish for all of them safe travels and good journeys -for we are not a family that stays put! We are seekers, adventurers and people who put themselves "out there".
I hope only that their travels and adventures are honest and forthright and giving to the best of their abilities.
As for me, in the coming year, I hope to look forward too. Not inward as I have done this past year. It's been difficult and not fantastic, and I could mourn the loss of time, things and stuff, but I won't. What is done is done and so I relish the thought of 2012 and the ideas I already have burning away and will (fingers crossed) bring to fruition.
I hope you will join me in looking forward, taking the time to appreciate those you love most, loving them unconditionally and spurring us all on to new and bright adventures in 2012.