My beloved and I have been talking about the transition between one year and the next. He has been thinking deeply about it and perhaps so much so that I have started mulling over it too.
Maybe it is just that it is very quiet here with the snow gently falling on Hamilton and transforming everything around to a landscape of wonder and hush.
The careening of this past year has finally stopped for me, finally, halfway through my holiday – stopped and given me time really to take a deep breath and think about where I am.
Furthermore, this is the time that it seems everyone is looking back on the past year. It has been one of the years of greatest transition for me – settling into a new city, growing a new business, buying a new home, and making a new life. Many challenges and stresses and accomplishments, yet at this place in between years when it feels like the world is holding its breath, it all feels inevitable somehow. It was meant to be, and thus is so.
Encouraged by a group of friends on Facebook and the steady peaceful brightness of my beloved, I try to maintain a daily practice of gratitude, so I don’t have to scratch my head or reach far to find all the reasons to give thanks for this past year.
I have a beautiful city that has welcomed me and that I love; a lovely home of peace and comfort; a burgeoning math and reading centre, full of delightful children, supportive parents and great staff; a thriving and busy association with many members to help with all the work; two choirs in which to sing with a third one beckoning for 2012; a cuddly sweet cat who adopted us in the late summer; healthy, bright and purposeful children; the wonderful, kind, supportive heart of my heart who brings me great joy; and the list goes on and on.
And then the head turns the other way, and instead of looking back with gratitude, I peer into the impenetrable mists of 2012 and wonder what the New Year will bring. I think I know, but know I don’t and cannot in fact know.
It feels momentous. Just my imagination or reality? Only time will tell.
What about you? What was your 2011? What do you think is ahead for 2012?