Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I've been reading other blogs about how people have fared over this past year and it's made me think about my own life. Everyone has their ups and their downs. I'm very grateful that right now, things are going well in my own life.

I feel loved.

That's huge. Some people search their whole lives looking for that feeling. I just started thinking about the people I could list that I am absolutely sure love me and I can count on. It's about ten cherished souls. I am so grateful.

I feel like I've come through a dark tunnel at last.

Part of this year has been really hard. Harder than I ever thought I'd have to deal with. Death, loss of friends, uncertainty in life... it all just feels like a huge weight sometimes. But, God really does heal through time. The hurts don't really disappear, but they stop feeling so gut-wrenching and the tears become less frequent.

I guess I'm just sitting here tonight feeling happy. Happy that I can love. Happy to feel loved. Happy to be holding my loved ones close. Happy for all the small things that I cherish in life. It's a wonderful way to start the new year.

I'll close this post with the words a friend of mine shared on Facebook today. I found the words to be very moving. They are words from a Jewish prayer book.

May we lie down this night in peace and rise up to life renewed. May night spread over us a shelter of Peace, of quiet and calm, the blessing of rest.

There will come a time when morning will bring no word of war, or famine or anguish; there will come a day of happiness, of contentment and peace.

Praise be the source of joy within us, for the night and its rest, for the promise of peace.


Daisy said...

Very nice post, Chris. This made me smile. I am so happy for you that you are in such a good place in life right now. It is a very good feeling to be aware of how lucky we are and to realize how much we have. Being loved and having those around you that you love is a wonderful treasure. Wishing you and yours all the best in the new year. :-)
Hugs from Daisy.

intrepidideas said...

Yes, I agree with Daisy. Very nice. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

Speedcat Hollydale said...

May we lie down this night in peace and rise up to life renewed.

My cat woke me up!

You may have the nicest, most sane blog anywhere. I like that.
I also loved your pitchah at the mafia party!!!

OK, my cat did not really wake me up, but I needed an excuse for being a crazed morning blogger.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

hi Daisy!

Daisy said...

Hi Speedy! :D
ha ha ha ha ha!

Speedcat Hollydale said...


Daisy said...

Shhhh! You'll wake up Chris! I think she's still sleeping!

heeeeeee! ;)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

naaaaaaa ... she is smoking a candy cigar, backwards

Speedcat Hollydale said...

(( FACEBOOK info ))

Daisy said...

Smoking a candy cigar backwards!!???


Sounds like I missed out on another wild Facebook party. :-)

You just never know what Chris is going to do next, I guess.

Chris said...




Back to my cigar. ;)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Did a post dissappear?

Speedcat Hollydale said...

ohhh ... and HI !!

Chris said...


The new post (AT LAST!) is online now. I took it down and reposted it with pics. OOOPS! Sorry about that!

I think I was on a sugar high just from LOOKING AT THE POST, so forgive me, please. ;) You will see what I mean.