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Throwing the calendar to a new page, heck to a whole new calendar.

Happy 2019! The holidays have come and have gone. It’s hard to believe that the brief (too brief) time we all spent together is over, but it will hold a special, cherished place in my heart and my memories. To say it’s easy to see the boys leave and go back to school is not true, but the sadness lessens and is replaced with appreciation.

~Appreciation that we raised the boys to believe that the family is important enough to make the effort, time and plans to spend the Christmas holiday together

~Appreciation that we are able to be together and missing those that are no longer with us as we celebrate

~Appreciation that these moments in time are truly blessings and should be enjoyed to their fullest because life is precious.

~Appreciation that we are blessed with family and friends who choose to spend time with us and make us laugh and remember the things that we, by ourselves, may forget.

Often, the New Year is seen as a time to reflect upon what is wrong with each of us and what needs to be fixed – ie -lose weight, exercise more, drink less, stop smoking, whatever else might make up those “this is what’s wrong with me lists” we each make up in our heads as the calendar comes to a close.

Truly, New Year’s should be a time to take stock and reflect upon what is good with us, what is right in our world and what we are blessed with so we can walk into the new year filled with love, light, energy and good thoughts. There is so much negativity out there in the world, maybe a “reset” on our frame of mind would be a good way to start this new year.

I am taking part in a 52 week photo challenge. The first week’s prompt is to take a photo that describes who you are without showing your face. The prompt got me to thinking — who am I? What sums “me” up without showing my face? A provoking question to ask and I’ll have a week to think about it and post my photo describing myself to the group. I’m interested to see what I come up with, aren’t you?

Last week we were pounded with the news of the deaths of several celebrities including Michael Jackson, who died suddenly and Farrah Fawcett who succumbed to cancer after a long, brave battle. This morning I was alerted to the fact that a female judge in the county in NJ were I used to practice law, a woman only a couple years older than I, died from cancer. She was the honored guest at our annual dinner where I was sworn in as president of the women’s bar association and although I didn’t personally know her, she seemed a sweet, very nice woman and we had a good evening that night. Perhaps it is just the gloomy skies that have been with us for a few days now and the rainy weather, but all of this has put a funk on me. It is always sad to hear about a death, it even hits harder when it is someone you know personally and still harder when that person is also someone right around your own age. We are all reminded of our own mortality and the fact that life is, indeed, quite short and very special. It should not be taken for granted, or taken lightly and opportunities to spend time with family and friends should not be missed. We are all here for a very limited amount of time, some of us with the foresight to know that the end is coming sooner than others, who are snatched away quickly and unexpectedly. In any event, every day, even those as bleak and dreary as today is here, are blessings, gifts that should not be overlooked. For as much as any of us know, it could always be our last.

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