Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Year Reflections

With the New Year off to a great start, I can't help but wonder what the future holds. Last year was a great one and I hope 2007 follows suit. In 2006, I learned many lessons, lost a good friend, made some new ones, and rekindled some old ones. I was able to visit places I had never been, revisit places I love, and even went to some places I hope to never go again. I overcame some obstacles, conquered some inner demons, and learned some wearknesses.

Here's what I know for sure:

My friends are amazing. This year I watched some of them go through difficult situations that made them stronger and wiser. Other friends accomplished goals they had set for themselves and I was able to celebrate with them. My friends are constantly inspiring me to be better. I met new friends who understand me better than I could imagine. I reconnected with some old friends I had lost touch with. I look forward to making new memories with all my friends. In 2006, I learned who my true friends really are. Sometimes people change, circumstances change and all you can do is move on.

My family is wonderful. I am lucky to have great relationships with both my mom and brother. I am working on having better relationships with my extended family. I learned that no matter what differences you have, at some point, you just have to get past that and get along. I have a wonderful "adopted" family as well. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with people who love you unconditioinally and am blessed to have them in my life.

Sometimes you just have to slow down and take the time to take in all the beauty surrounding you. I tried to learn to appreciate the little things that I normally take for granted.....the smell of fresh baked bread in the mornings on the drive to work, watching the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains, witnessing shooting stars in the middle of the night while sitting around a campfire, spending time with my best friends doing nothing at all just hanging out, and sitting on a dock watching the water roll in and out.

I learned that words can be more powerful than one knows. They can be used to bridge gaps or fill a void. They can be encouraging or demeaning. They can lift someone up or bring them crashing down. Most people don't realize how much power and influence their words have.

I learned to let go of the past, not worry too much about the future. The most important time is the here and now.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2007!