Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

I welcomed 2010 with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm. I had a list of goals to accomplish, and some of them have been duly crossed off.

The year 2010 unfolded with promise at the dawn of each day. Some days I lived up to the promise, some were disappointing. I tried to do my best, but I know there were days I skated by. Some moments were fabulous, others not so good.

I laughed, I questioned, I tried. Some days held proud successes, and others were total failures. I loved with abandon on some days and guarded my heart on others. I had days filled with joy, and too many days held captive by grief.

The year 2010 was another year to live and love and labor, to win and lose. As it shrinks away, I’m not stirred by sentimentality at seeing it evaporate. It will forever be one of those years that serve as a time marker for my family. Someone we loved has passed, and that’s what will stand out most in our minds when we recall 2010.

In three days the New Year will be ushered in with noisemakers and fireworks—another year with promises that will bloom and with treasures of love and friendship to savor.

I wish you a sweet and challenging 2011. I wish you a year to enjoy success, a year to delight in love and friendship.

I hope you grasp 2011 with purpose and squeeze every ounce of meaning and joy and accomplishment out of it. I hope that this time next year when 2011 is about to become another memory, you have thoroughly used it up and wrung it out with the business of living.

Have a blessed 2011, and live it well and with meaning!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin


Bonnie R. Paulson said...

Megan, Great post! Thanks! very poetic!

Have a happy new year!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks, Bonnie!

Catherine West said...

Beautiful, Megan! My heart goes out to you in your loss. I know - we have had so many unexpected losses within our church family over the past year. Thankfully no-one in our immediate family, but I feel for those who grieve. I still miss having my mom around, especially at the holidays, and she has been gone eleven years.
I always think about that verse in Corinthians when I try to get my head around the hard stuff - we can't see through the mirror - we're not supposed to. For now, all we can do is rely on God to get us through it, one day at a time. And trust He gives us strength and courage to face each day with grace.
All the best to you for 2011!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks, Cath. You have a great 2011 too!

Reign and Shine said...

Megan thank you for the post. It was thought provoking. I admit looking backwards 2010 seemed to be the forward edge of the desert. I was right. However, my love for the rose of sharon deepened this year. Thank you for being a part of that journey for me.
Praise the Lamb!