This has been a year of many changes. Some good, some bad, some easy, some hard. My father said to me yesterday that the only constants in this life are the Lord and change. At the age of 81, I believe he's right.
I didn't write my Christmas letter this year. No, not a letter to Santa - but our family "tidbits" that I generally include in our Christmas card. It isn't that I didn't have time, but as I sat down to write it, it just became too hard. I couldn't come up with anything fresh. We did stuff this year, but there was no "wow" trip or great accomplishment to share. The letter felt labored and forced. So I didn't write it.
For the first time in 16 years we aren't having Christmas dinner at my house. My brother asked if he could have it at his. I said yes, but it feels strange and I'm a little lost. But I'm looking at this as a good thing - learning that the holiday isn't just about traditions.
With the tragic events in Aurora and Newtown this year, I am reminded that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
I'm learning (I hope) to not hold on to the way things have been so tightly. I'm trying to embrace what IS today and tuck away the memories for tomorrow.
The world didn't end yesterday as the Mayans predicted, so let's embrace today. Routine things, new things, unexpected things, even bad things - whatever comes. Grab it - enjoy what you can, learn what you can, tuck away the good memories, choose not to pine after the past.
Wear life today like a Snuggie!
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