The time has come to bid farewell to this year, and what a year it has been. So many wonderful and disastrous things happened almost seeming to go hand in hand. Alas, we have made it to the last few days of the year. Hallelujah!
As we get ready to raise our glass to ring in this New Year, take a moment to reflect on the lessons that 2019 taught you. Although, nothing is perfect or grand in life every single day, there is always something to be taken away from those less than ideal experiences.
Earlier this year I lost my job and although it wasn’t heartbreaking in the least, there were still many lessons it taught me on who my true friends were and who only cared to take advantage of my kindness and generosity. I truly believe that if you learn something valuable and gain more respect for yourself in the process, then nothing was ever a waste of your time.
Wisdom comes from growth & growth is painful, but the outcome is always beautiful…
Fast forward a few months and I had the opportunity to accept a temporary job helping to serve my community. I was never one to believe that when one door closed another would open. That’s how doors work, right? However, great things happen sometimes when we least expect it. I am grateful for the friendships I made and the knowledge I gained which helped make it worth the sad parting goodbye as my contract came to a close this past week.
What can seem like a bitter year end is all in how you choose to look at it, and I choose to see the positive in my life every chance I can. This year has many of them.
I gained new friends to share laughs with and silly inside jokes.
I gained a new respect for our emergency first responders and the trauma they encounter on a daily basis.
I learned it’s okay when people walk out of your life, because it leaves room for better people to walk in.
I forgive myself more when I fall short and allow myself grace to improve in my weak areas.
I learned just because other people are bitter and spiteful doesn’t mean you have to participate.
I learned that when people say hurtful things that aren’t true about you that it shows their true character and not yours.
I learned to be okay with people not knowing my side of the story.
I learned that forgiving others is never for them, it is always for you.
I learned that not everyone is your friend and its okay to remove toxic people from your life.
I learned that not everyone is going to like me and to stop forcing things that aren’t meant to be.
I learned that some of the most unlikely people turn out to be the ones who care the most.
I learned that there are no shortcuts in life, but consistency will help get you there quicker.
I learned that if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen and not an excuse.
I learned that everyone falls short and there are no perfect people and that most of us are all in this life trying the very best we can.
No matter what this year took you through, I pray you find peace in knowing that you are not alone and you are loved.
As I close this yearly chapter of my life and prepare for the next one, I realize that even though I have lost jobs, friendships and experienced heartache along the way, I am blessed to have woken up this morning and given the chance to be a better mother, wife and human being and that is priceless.
Tomorrow is never promised and today is a gift. Life is a journey and a roller coaster at that. So enjoy the ride and make the most of it!
Welcome 2020! Here’s to the next decade!