Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. – Hal Borland
As 2018 comes to a close, I decided to look back over all the things that have happened and changed in my life. I always like to utilize this practice in order to remind myself of all I have to be grateful for. There were so many things on my list: surgery, new home, starting a business, new friendships, creating this blog, and the list goes on and on. Of course if the list was inclusive, it would include lessons I have learned from hardships along the way. Loss of friendships, health concerns and numerous others. However, I believe without the struggles, you cannot fully appreciate the light and harmony.
There is also wisdom that is found in seeking the lessons in the struggles. There is a reflective peace that I find from looking back over the chaotic times, and seeing how I have overcome them and in fact, thrived. I am a different person today than I was January 1st, 2018, or even than I was yesterday. For that, I am grateful. Every lesson I learn I feel I am getting closer to becoming the person I am destined to become.
The end of a year-long art class, Life Book is coming to an end next week. I signed up for this last year, and have learned so much about my artistic talents and have grown as an artist from the numerous teachers I have encountered. One such teacher is Jo Klima. She offered a lesson that involved creating cards after taking a look back on your year. I thought about characteristics in myself that have become much more developed and well-rounded over the year. Some of these are new traits for me, and some were further enhanced through the light moments in my life and the periods of darkness.
Although this year may have been a difficult one for you, please remember to always look for the light even in your darkest moments. There are lessons to learn dear souls. Always be on the lookout for them. Time can clarify and illuminate some of those lessons.
One of my lessons I have learned for this year is that of space. I am going to take some space for two weeks to fully enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends and will not be putting out entries for the next two weeks. Enjoy your time as well and I will see you in 2019.
I am grateful for the community we have begun to develop in An Undefined Life. I hope you will all continue with me in the New Year for this ongoing journey.