A new year. A new decade. So many things I could talk about, but this is what’s on my heart tonight.
Nathan Fillion (our favorite Rookie!) tweeted this on New Years Eve:
“I’ve had an amazing year. Good friends, new friends, a fantastic job, travel, and a happy and healthy family. If next year is half as good as this one, it would still be an embarrassment of riches. Thank you, to everyone who has made this journey with me… “
The moment I read that, I thought, “Yes!!!”
You see, this year has been strangely long for me. We’ve seen lots of illness and injuries, uncertainties and confusion, and even an unexpected death of a work friend a couple of days ago. Such a horrible, senseless tragedy.
I’ve been pretty much house-bound and mostly immobile for the past 4 months while healing from my own injury, which has made me fussy and disagreeable at times. (And that is so not part of my normal nature!) Knowing that I am facing a very real possibility of surgery in the next month has frustrated me beyond belief; just the thought of all the medical bills makes me cringe. Why this year? This was supposed to be our year to finally be debt-free and start our nest egg for retirement! (Insert grumpy “poor me” whine here … )
With all of that being said, I also consider myself very blessed, and remind myself of this daily. ♥
- We have our precious new grandbaby to dote on.
- Derek and I celebrated 19 years of marriage. (And, we still like each other! Ha! )
- We have a beautiful, warm little home, and plenty to eat.
- Derek has a well-paying job for our small(ish) rural town in Montana.
- Even with the physical issues going on for some, our family is healthy and still with us.
- We paid our car off early, so we have no more car payments.
- We have friends and family who love us …
The list could go on, but I am sure you get the gist. What it all boils down to is that deep down, we truly are content and happy.
When I think of Jess’s death, the injuries to her sweet children & husband, and all that her family is now going through, how can I not feel grateful and appreciative of all that we have?
Yes, some things have been hard. Yes, I’ve even felt a little bit sorry for myself here and there. But really? Look at what the Cody family is facing in 2020. Look at how many other people are going through a crisis of their own. Look at our wealth compared to so many in other countries. Simply living in America where we can move about freely, worship without fear of reprisal, and speak our minds (whether people like our opinions or not), shows just how favored we are.
Life and its circumstances are always going to happen. Things will be hard. People will hurt us. Tragedies will happen. We can’t control those things, but what we can control is how we choose to live our lives; are we going to live in regret and self-pity, or are we going to choose to always remember to count our blessings and live the lives God has given us to the best of our abilities?
So, along with Nathan Fillion, I say … “If next year is half as good as this one, it would still be an embarrassment of riches. Thank you, to everyone who has made this journey with me…”
But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow. ♥ James 1:17 ~ The Living Bible (TLB)
Much love to you all,
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